Nan Goldin

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Biography

One of the most important and influential artists of her generation, Goldin has revolutionized the art of photography through her frank and deeply personal portraiture.

Nan Goldin was born in Washington D.C. in 1953. She lives and works in New York City. One of the most important and influential artists of her generation, Goldin has revolutionized the art of photography through her frank and deeply personal portraiture. Over the last 45 years Goldin has created some of the most indelible images of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since the early 1970s her work has explored notions of gender and definitions of normality. By documenting her life and the lives of the friends who surround her, Goldin gives a voice and visibility to her communities.

In 2017 the artist founded the group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), which addresses the crisis of the ongoing Drug War by targeting the pharmaceutical companies that have profited off the addictions and deaths of over half a million Americans. P.A.I.N. advocates for harm reduction, decriminalization of drugs and life-saving treatments for drug users.

Her work has been the subject of two major touring retrospectives: one organized in 1996 by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and another in 2001, by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, which subsequently traveled to London, Porto, Turin, and Warsaw. In 2019, Goldin was commissioned to create new work for the Palace of Versailles exhibition, Versailles – Visible/Invisible. Recent solo exhibitions include Memory Lost, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2021; Sirens, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, 2019; The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Tate Modern, London, 2019; Weekend Plans, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2017; Nan Goldin, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, 2017; The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2016.

 Nan Goldin has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Hasselblad Award in 2007 and was named a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2006. In 2012, Goldin was awarded the prestigious Edward MacDowell Medal, for her outstanding contribution to American culture and the arts.

One of the most important and influential artists of her generation, Goldin has revolutionized the art of photography through her frank and deeply personal portraiture.

  
 
Nan Goldin and Thora Siemsen in Conversation

Nan Goldin and Thora Siemsen in Conversation

In her interview with writer Thora Siemsen, Nan Goldin shares the artistic process and the inspirations behind the photographs and films featured in 'Memory Lost,' the first solo presentation by the artist in New York in five years.
An image containing a self-portrait by Nan Goldin

In Focus

Marian Goodman Gallery's latest newsletter delves deeply into one artist on the MGG roster at a time. Join us as we venture through the emotional practice of Nan Goldin through interviews, select films, and texts written by the artist herself.
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Nan Goldin in Conversation With Nicholas Cullinan

To coincide with the opening of her exhibition, Sirens, at Marian Goodman Gallery London, Goldin was interviewed by Dr. Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

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