Nan Goldin

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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