Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin to Receive the Ruth Baumgarte Art Award June 27, 2019

Nan Goldin is one of the recipients of the Ruth Baumgarte Art Award. Since 2014, the Art Foundation Ruth Baumgarte has annually awarded an artist working figuratively in remembrance of Ruth Baumgarte’s life and œuvre. The awards ceremony will take place next week at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover.

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Exhibition: Nan Goldin at Tate Modern May - October 27, 2019

The exhibition focuses on Goldin’s slide projection, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and includes a selection of photographs, including ten pieces from the artist's London Skinhead series, from the museum's permanent collection. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency explores the human condition, including celebration and sadness, love and violence, life and death.

Exhibition: Nan Goldin at Versailles May 14 - October 20, 2019

Nan Goldin has created a series of new photographs for the estate of Trianon at the Palace of Versailles in an exhibition titled “Versailles - Visible/Invisible.”

Photo of Nan Goldin exhibit at Versailles
Nan Goldin Honored at ACRIA December 13, 2018

ACRIA presented Nan Goldin with the Artists Ending AIDS Award at its Holiday Dinner in New York on Thursday, December 13. Proceeds supported HIV prevention, research, and education programs. This accolade honors Goldin’s decades-long dedication to AIDS activism.

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Nan Goldin Honored at Royal Photographic Society Awards November 29, 2018

Nan Goldin will be honored with a Centenary Medal at this year's Royal Photographic Society Awards at the Royal Society in London.

Now in its 140th year, The Royal Photographic Society Awards honors key figures from the worlds of art, science, education, film, and publishing.

Winners are chosen by the RPS awards selection committee, which is made up of senior members of the Society as well as respected external advisors – all working in different spheres of photography.

Nan Goldin Honored at Royal Photographic Society Awards
Nan Goldin at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston October 20, 2018 - January 21, 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will present a selection of images by Nan Goldin. Drawing on the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition will span a range of years and places, including Boston in the 1970s, where Goldin emerged as an artist, and New York City in the 1980s, where she immersed herself in urban subcultures.

Nan Goldin at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Marian Goodman Gallery Announces Worldwide Representation of Nan Goldin September 27, 2018

Marian Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce its worldwide representation of Nan Goldin. 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. She has exhibited extensively and is collected by museums around the world.

For Goldin the personal is political. Since the late 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.

Marian Goodman Gallery will present a series of works by Goldin dating from 1978 to 2016 at Frieze London and FIAC, Paris in October 2018, followed by her first exhibition with the gallery in London in May 2019.

Born in 1953, Goldin was given her first camera when she was 15 years old while studying at Satya Community School in Boston. There she began taking Polaroids of herself and those around her. In 1973 she had her first solo show at Project, Inc. in Boston, featuring photographs of her friends, a community of drag queens. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1977 and then moved to New York. Soon she was presenting slide shows of her photographs accompanied by music in nightclubs around the city. The images used in these slide shows formed the basis for her seminal book of photographs titled The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1980-86). The slide show of the same name, which exists as a 45-minute multimedia presentation, remains her defining work. This body of work depicts the intimate lives of friends and lovers, portraying both romantic and abusive behavior always imbued with tenderness. Goldin has gone on to make many slide shows, a medium she has reimagined, published dozens of books and continues to push her medium. In the last year Goldin has made her work political activism. She has used her personal history as the starting point to respond to the Opioid Crisis through direct action.

Nan Goldin is in conversation with Linda Yablonsky at Frieze London on Saturday 6 October at 4:30 pm.


Nan Goldin was born in 1953 in Washington D.C. and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions around the world including retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur (1996); Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2001).

Most recently Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency was the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2017) and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in a three-artist show together with Brassaï and Diane Arbus (2018).

Goldin has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 2006, the Hasselblad Award in 2007, the Edward MacDowell Medal in 2012 and the Lucie Award for Achievement in Portraiture in 2014. She lives and works in New York and Paris.

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