Nan Goldin
 
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"My desire is to preserve the sense of people's lives, to endow them with the strength and beauty I see in them. I want the people in my pictures to stare back." Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin is the impassioned historian of love in an age of fluid sexuality, glamour, beauty, violence and death. Recognised as one of the world's most compelling photographers, her work has had a lasting impact on film, design and fashion as well as the fine arts.

Goldin is best known for her photographs of people living marginal lifestyles, taken in cosmopolitan centres such as New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo and Paris. Working directly from personal experience, she captures moments that cumulatively tell stories of friendship, desire and their aftermath. Her work traverses the spectrum of human relations from love to isolation, betrayal, loss and self-revelation. Emotionally charged, and shot in intensely saturated hues, these images provide a slice of contemporary history, recounted through the lives of those close to her and characterised by an unposed and private take on her subjects.

A prolific photographer, Goldin edits her images into differing narrative sequences that focus both on the individual and on wider thematic issues.

The human figure has remained at the core of Goldin's photography, captured with grit, exuberance, sensuality, tenderness and pathos. Collectively, her works provide a profoundly humanistic take on sexuality and capture the spirit of our times.
1953Born in Washington DC
1974Imageworks, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1977B.F.A, School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University, Boston
lives and works in Paris


Awards (Selection)

Brandeis Award in Photography, 1994
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, 1991
DAAD, Artists-in-Residence Program, Berlin, 1991
National Endowment of Arts, Washington, DC, 1991
Mother Jones Documentary Photography Award, San Francisco, 1990
Art Matters, Inc., New York, 1990
Camera Austria Prize for Contemporary Photography, Graz, 1989
Maine Photographic Workshop Book Award, Documentary Book of the Year, 1987
Photographic Book Prize of the Year, Les Rencontres d'Arles, 1987
Kodak Photobuchpreis, Stuttgart, 1987
Englehard Award, Boston, 1986
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Alumni Traveling Fellowship, Boston, 1986
Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Fellowship, Boston, 1978
Wilhelmina Jackson Fellowship, Marblehead, MA, 1977







Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2006Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
2005Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, Pennsylvania
Nan Goldin, Monika Spruth/Philomene Magers, Munich
STARDUST, Guido Costa Projects, Torino, ¬ Italy
2004Sisters, Saints, and Sybils, La Chapelle de la Salpêtrière, Paris
2003Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Quebec (catalogue)
Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva
Heartbeat, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
2001Le Feu Follet, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Traveled as Devil’s Playground to Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Still on Earth to Reina Sofia, Madrid; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; and Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Memory Lost!, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Studio Casoli, Milan and Rome
2000Scalo, Zurich
1999Nan Goldin: Recent Photographs, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik
The Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Connecticut
Thanksgiving, White Cube/Jay Jopling, London
1998Photographs, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen
Love Streams, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Nan Goldin: New Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Vaknin Schwartz, Atlanta
Reflections Through a Golden Eye, 1975-1998,Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
Jablonka Gallery, Cologne
Couples and Loneliness, Parco Gallery, Tokyo
Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi-city, Japan
1997Love Streams, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
foto, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden
1996I’ll Be Your Mirror, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Traveled to Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Fotomuseum, Winterthur; Kunsthalle, Vienna; and Prague
Gandy Gallery, Prague
Nan Goldin: Children 1976-1996, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
1995Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and New Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva
The Golden Years, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
Art and Public, Geneva
Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany
Gallery M & R Fricke, (with Kiki Smith), Düsseldorf
1994Die Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
A Double Life, Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, (with David Armstrong), Berlin; Traveled to Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Tokyo Love, Shiseido Artspace, (with Nobuyoshi Araki), Tokyo
1993A Double Life, Matthew Marks Gallery, (with David Armstrong), New York
Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin
Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria
The Other Side, 1972-1993, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Stelling Gallery, Leiden, The Netherlands
ICAC Weston Gallery, Tokyo
La Vida Sin Amor No Tiene Sentido, Fundacio “la Caixa,” Barcelona
Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
Robert Klein Gallery, (with Philip-Loca di Corcia), Boston
Balladen om det sexuella beroendet, Fotografiska Museet, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Galerie Marktschlobchen, Halle, Germany
1992Fotoarbeiten 1972-1992, DAAD Galerie, Berlin
Obsessions, Orangerie München, Munich
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency/ The Cookie Mueller Portfolio, Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
PPS Galerie, Berlin
Separate Worlds, (with Gundula Schulze), Kunst-Werke, Berlin
Stelling Gallery, Leiden, The Netherlands
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
1991Life/Loss/Obsession, Fotografische Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
PPS Galerie, Hamburg
Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica
The Other Side, Boston, 1972-1974/Hi Girl, New York City 1990-1991, Galerie du Jour, agnes b., Paris
Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria
Berlin Film Festival, Germany
Galerie Urbi et Orbi, Paris
1990Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
The Cookie Portfolio 1976-89, Photographic Resource Center, Boston
1989Brandts Kaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
Mira Gallery, Stockholm
Finnfoto, Helsinki
1988Indiana University Gallery, Bloomington
Couples, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston
Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Houston Foto Fest, Rice University Media Center, Texas
Real Art Ways, Hartford
1987Les Recontres d'Arles, Arles, France
Film in the Cities, Minneapolis
Middendorf Gallery, Washington, DC
1986The Ballad of Sexual Dependency Burden Gallery, Aperture Foundation, New York
Jay Gorney Modern Art, (with Tim Rollins + K.O.S), New York
1985Currents, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Christminster Gallery, New York
1977Atlantic Gallery, (with David Armstrong), Boston
1973Project, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts


Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2005Getting Emotional, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston
Landscape/Cityscape, Marlborough Gallery, New York
Inside Out Loud: Visualizing Women’s Health in Contemporary Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
2004Out of Place, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
About Face: Photographic Portraits from the Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today, Whitechapel Gallery, London
East Village USA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado
In Bed, The Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi, JapanIn Bed, The Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi, Japan
Perspectives @ 25: A Quarter Century of New Art in Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas
Artists’ Favourites, ICA Galleries, The Mall, London
Fictioning Fashion, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Inside Out: Portrait Photographs from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
Double Takes, transformations through the lens, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Wirklich Wahr! Realitätsversprechen von Fotografien, Ruhrlandmuseum Essen, Germany
2003Urban Dramas, De Singel International Kunstcentrum, Antwerp, Belgium
Family Ties, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
Enchanted Evening, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
Flesh Tones: 100 Years of the Nude, Robert Mann Gallery, New York
American Beauty: From Muybridge to Goldin, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The Auroral Light: Photographs By Women, The Grolier Club, New York
Both Sides of the Street: Celebrating the Corcoran’s Photography Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara; Travels to University Galleries, Illinois State University, Illinois; DePauw University Art Gallery, Greencastle, Indiana
Imperfect Innocence, The Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, Florida
The family: an exhibition of photography, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida
To Eat or not to Eat: Or the relations of art with questions of eating, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
Contemporary Photography from the Harn Museum Collection, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Only Skin Deep, Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York
Pictures of You, Galeria Estrany – De la Mota, Barcelona
2002Sex, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Cars; Surrounding Interiors, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Acquisitions 2001, Part I: Photographs, Video Installations, Video, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Inside Cars, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Traveled to Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Massachusetts; and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Family, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Visions from America: Photographs from The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Travels to Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
New York: Capital of Photography, The Jewish Museum, New York; Travels to Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland
The Nude in 20th Century Art, Kunsthalle in Emden, Germany
2001Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, 100 Drawings and Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Settings and Players, White Cube/Jay Jopling, London
Collaborations with Parkett 1984 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1999Angles of Incidence, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Photographs: A Decade of Collecting, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The 46thBiennial Exhibition, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Couples, Cheim and Read, New York
Essenbilder Dörrie / Priess, Hamburg
Photography Now, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
Rendez-vous #2, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France
Rendez-vous #1, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France
Food for Thought, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, New JerseyViews from the Edge of the World, Marlborough Gallery, New York
Views from the Edge of the World, Marlborough Gallery, New York
Spring Visiting Faculty, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Through the Looking Glass, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York
1998Emotions and Relations, Hamburger Kunsthalle
Remix, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
1997The 90s: A Family of Man?, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg
Family and Friends, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago
Identity Crisis: Self-Portraiture at the End of the Century, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Countenance, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Rineke Dijkstra, Nan Goldin, Mike Kelley, Sharon Lockhart Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century, The Saint Louis Art Museum; Traveled to The Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe; The Mead Museum of Art, Amherst; and The Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
1996By Night, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
The American Trip: Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Cady Noland, Richard Prince, The Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
Nudo & Crudo, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Traveled to Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio
Urgence, CAPCMusée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux
Social Documents, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Happy End: Zukunfts-und Endzeitvisionen der 90er Jahre, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
The Photographic Collections of the City of Paris: New Acquisitions, Une aventure contemporaine, la photographie 1955-1995, Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris
Sugar Mountain, White Columns Gallery, New York
Sex and Crime: Von den Verhältnissen der Menschen, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Pictures of Modern Life, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Passage a l’Acte, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Biennale of Sydney, Australia
It’s a She-Thing: Representations of Women in the Rivendell Collection, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
1995Public Information: Desire, Disaster, Document, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; Traveled to The Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
In a Different Light, University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California at Berkeley
Faculty Works on Paper, Yale University School of Art, New Haven
Photography Today, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongju, Korea
Fémininmasculin: Le Sexe de l’Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Boston School, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Mother Jones 1989-1995, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City
. . . It’s How You Play the Game, Exit Art / The First World, New York
Altered States: American Art in the 90’s, Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis
Camera Craft, Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art at Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston
Art Against Aids, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
Close to Life, International Foto-Triennial, Esslingen, Germany


Books/Catalogs (Selection)

Books by Nan Goldin

Memories are made of this, Wuppertal: Galerie Epikur Wuppertal, 1998
Ten Years After, New York: Scalo, 1998 (with Guido Costa)
Couples and Loneliness, Tokyo: Korinsha Press, 1998
I’ll Be Your Mirror, New York, Whitney Museum of Art, Scalo, 1996
Tokyo Love, Tokyo: Hon-Hon-Do, 1994 (with Bobuyoshi Araki)
Desire by Numbers, San Francisco: Artspace, 1994 (text by Klaus Kertess)
A Double Life, New York: Scalo, 1994 (with David Armstrong)
German language edition published as Ein doppeltes Leben by Scalo Zurich and Berlin Vakat, Cologne: Walter König, 1993 (with poems by Joachim Sartoruis)
The Other Side, New York: Scalo, 1993
German language edition published as Die Andere Seite by Scalo, Zurich and Berlin, 1993
Japanese edition published by Déja-Vu, Tokyo, 1993
Cookie Mueller, New York: Pace/Mac Gill Gallery, 1991
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, New York: Aperture, 1986. German edition published by 2001, Germany British edition published by Secker and Warburg, London

Catalogues

American Dreams, Madrid: Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 1987
Andre, Dena, Philip Brookman, and Jane Livingston, eds. Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry, Washington DC: The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Hospice Foundation, 1996
Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1945, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990
Arles Cité des Photographes, Arles: Les Rencontres d’Arles, 1987
Une aventure contemporaine, la photographie 1955-1995, Paris: Maison Européene de la Photographie, 1995
Bad Girls, London: Institute of Contemorary Arts, 1993
Bischoff, Ulrich and Thomas Weski. Internationale Foto-Triennale Esslingen 1995: Dicht am Lieben/ Close to Life, Esslingen: Villa Merkel, Bahnwäterhaus, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, 1995
By Night, Paris: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain,1996
Un couteau dans la photo, Paris: Galerie du Jour, 1990
Désordres, Paris: Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, 1992
Emotions and Relations, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, 1998
Ethik und Aesthetik, im Zeitalter von Aids, Hamburg: Kunstverein, 1992
Exploring the Unknown Self: Self-Portraits of Contemporary Women, Tokyo Metropolitain Museum of Photography, 1991
Faces Photographed, New York: Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 1982
Family, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut, 2002.
Fémininmasculin: Le sexe de l’art, Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1995
Face-Off: The Portrait in Recent Art, ICA, Philadelphia, 1994
Galassi, Peter. Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1991
Gangitano, Lia, ed. Boston School, Boston: The Institute of Contemporary Art, 1995
Getrennte Welten/ Separate Worlds: Nan Goldin, Gundula Schulze, Berlin: Kunst-Werke Berlin, 1992
Goldin, Nan, Naked New York. Nan Goldin meets Yukio Kobayashi, Tokyo: Nicole Times, 1996
Grundberg, Andy and Kathleen McCarthy Gauss, Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946, Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1987
The Indomitable Spirit, New York: Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS, 1990
Kertess, Klaus. 1995 Biennial Exhibition, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art
Kozloff, Max. New York Capital of Photography: The Jewish Museum, New York. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2002.
Lichbildnisse - Das Porträt in der Fotographie, Bonn: Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, 1982
Lovatt-Smith, Lisa and Patrick Remy, eds. Fashion Images de Mode, Göttingen, Germany Stiedl, 1996
Mezil, Eric. Love Streams: Galerie Yvon Lambert, 1997.
Monk, Phillip. The American Trip: Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Cady Noland, Richard Prince., 1996
Public Information: Desire, Disaster, Document, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1995
Toronto: The Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre

Essays/Articles (Selection)

Liebmann, Lisa. “Goldin’s Years,” in ARTFORUM, October 2002.
Garratt, Sheryl. “The Dark Room,” in Life: The Observer Magazine, 6 January 2002.
Bracewell, Michael. “Landmarks in the Ascent of Nan,” in The Independent on Sunday, 14 November 1999.
Danto, Arthur C. “Nan Goldin’s World” in The Nation, 2 December 1996.
Cooper, Dennis. “The Ballad of Nan Goldin,” in Spin, November 1996.
Hughes, Robert J. “Goldin Years,” in The Wall Street Journal, 12 May 2000.
Jenkins, Nicholas. “Nan Goldin’s Manhattan,” in The Times Literary Supplement, 11 July 1997.
Kimmelman, Michael. “Nan Goldin,” in The New York Times, 23 October 1998.
Lacayo, Richard. “Shots Through the Heart,” in Time, 21 October 1996.
Reilly, Maura. “Nan Goldin at Matthew Marks” in Art in America, May 1999.
Schjeldahl, Peter. “A Fine Rawness” in The New Yorker, 16 November 1998.
Schjeldahl, Peter. “Goldin Age” in Vogue, March 1995.
Smith, Roberta. “A Piaf With a Camera Sings of Self,” in The New York Times, 4 October 1996.





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