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Nan Goldin, Roommate in the kitchen, Boston, 1972 Gelatin silver print, 20 × 16 inches (50.8 × 40.6 cm), edition of 18© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Roommate in the kitchen, Boston, 1972

Gelatin silver print, 20 × 16 inches (50.8 × 40.6 cm), edition of 18
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Couple in bed, Chicago, 1977 Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Couple in bed, Chicago, 1977

Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, French Chris at the Drive-in, N.J., 1979 Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, French Chris at the Drive-in, N.J., 1979

Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Self-portrait in kimono with Brian, NYC, 1980 Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Self-portrait in kimono with Brian, NYC, 1980

Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Ulrika, Stockholm, 1989 Archival pigment print, 45 × 30 inches (114 × 76 cm), edition of 15© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Ulrika, Stockholm, 1989

Archival pigment print, 45 × 30 inches (114 × 76 cm), edition of 15
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Jojo and Guy performing “Cherrybomb,” New Year’s Eve, NYC, 1990–91 Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Jojo and Guy performing “Cherrybomb,” New Year’s Eve, NYC, 1990–91

Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a taxi, NYC, 1991 Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a taxi, NYC, 1991

Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 25
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Amanda at the sauna, Hotel Savoy, Berlin, 1993 Archival pigment print, 30 × 40 inches (76 × 101.6 cm), edition of 15© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Amanda at the sauna, Hotel Savoy, Berlin, 1993

Archival pigment print, 30 × 40 inches (76 × 101.6 cm), edition of 15
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Breakfast in bed, Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo, Italy, 1996 Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 15© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Breakfast in bed, Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo, Italy, 1996

Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 15
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Self-portrait on the rocks, Levanzo, Sicily, 1999 Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 15© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Self-portrait on the rocks, Levanzo, Sicily, 1999

Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 15
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Seascape at sunset, Camogli, Italy, 2000 Archival pigment print mounted on Dibond with chassis, 59 × 88 ⅝ inches (149.9 × 225.1 cm), edition of 3© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Seascape at sunset, Camogli, Italy, 2000

Archival pigment print mounted on Dibond with chassis, 59 × 88 ⅝ inches (149.9 × 225.1 cm), edition of 3
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Horse Circus, Paris, 2004 Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 15© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Horse Circus, Paris, 2004

Archival pigment print, 30 × 45 inches (76 × 114 cm), edition of 15
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Blue, 2016 Archival pigment print, 59 × 79 ⅝ inches (150 × 202 cm), edition of 3 + 2 AP© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Blue, 2016

Archival pigment print, 59 × 79 ⅝ inches (150 × 202 cm), edition of 3 + 2 AP
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Showtime, Bangkok / New York, 1992–1995, 2019 Archival pigment print, 47 ¼ × 69 ⅜ inches (120 × 176 cm), edition of 3© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Showtime, Bangkok / New York, 1992–1995, 2019

Archival pigment print, 47 ¼ × 69 ⅜ inches (120 × 176 cm), edition of 3
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Salome, 2019 Three-channel video, color, sound, 3 min., 44 sec., edition of 5© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Salome, 2019

Three-channel video, color, sound, 3 min., 44 sec., edition of 5
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, The Other Side, 1992–2021 Slideshow, 16 min. 46 sec., edition of 5 + 1 AP© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, The Other Side, 1992–2021

Slideshow, 16 min. 46 sec., edition of 5 + 1 AP
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Memory Lost, 2019–21 Digital slideshow, 24 min. 16 sec., edition of 5© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Memory Lost, 2019–21

Digital slideshow, 24 min. 16 sec., edition of 5
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Sirens, 2019–20 Single-channel video, color, sound, 16 min. 1 sec., edition of 5© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Sirens, 2019–20

Single-channel video, color, sound, 16 min. 1 sec., edition of 5
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Thora at my vanity, Brooklyn, 2021 Archival pigment print, 30 × 40 inches (76 × 101.6 cm), edition of 7© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Thora at my vanity, Brooklyn, 2021

Archival pigment print, 30 × 40 inches (76 × 101.6 cm), edition of 7
© Nan Goldin

About

The camera is as much a part of my everyday life as talking or eating or sex.
—Nan Goldin

Emerging from the artist’s own life and relationships, and including herself as a subject, Nan Goldin’s work has transformed the role of photography in contemporary art. Her photographs and moving-image works address essential themes of identity, love, sexuality, addiction, and mortality. Uniting art and activism, Goldin has confronted the HIV/AIDS epidemic since the 1980s and today brings international attention to the overdose crisis.

Born in Washington, DC, in 1953, Goldin grew up outside of Boston. She left home at age fourteen, and at sixteen enrolled in the Satya Community School in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where she acquired her first camera. Goldin’s early black-and-white photographs, which convey the beauty, vulnerability, and joy of her friends in Boston’s transgender community, were initially shown in her first solo exhibition in 1973 at Project, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts. Attending Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts beginning in 1974, she would start working principally with Cibachrome prints and 35mm slides, taking photographs in saturated color.

Relocating to New York in 1978, Goldin began documenting members of her chosen family in a milieu of New Wave clubs, No Wave cinema, and post-Stonewall gay culture. Capturing moments of revelry and friendship, intimacy and loss, she titled this body of work The Ballad of Sexual Dependency after a song from The Threepenny Opera (1928) by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. Constantly evolving, it grew into a multimedia presentation of almost seven hundred slides accompanied by an eclectic soundtrack. Initially projected in nightclubs, it was included in The Times Square Show in 1980, the Whitney Biennial in 1985, and countless other museum exhibitions around the world. It was published by Aperture in 1986 as the first of Goldin’s many books and was recently reprinted for the twenty-first time.

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Nan Goldin, Self-portrait with eyes turned inward, Boston, 1989 © Nan Goldin

Shop Takeover

Nan Goldin

May 14–June 22, 2024
Gagosian Shop, London

Nan Goldin is taking over the Gagosian Shop in London’s Burlington Arcade, offering visitors an opportunity to explore her practice in depth. The basement floor will be transformed into a reading room of books chosen by Goldin, with publications on artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Larry Clark, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz, and fiction, essays, and memoirs by writers including Toni Morrison, Darryl Pinckney, Lucy Sante, and Sarah Schulman. A wide selection of publications on Goldin are available on the ground floor, including both new and out-of-print exhibition catalogues, monographs, and artist’s books. Also on display are in-progress layouts from Heartbeat, a forthcoming nine-volume catalogue raisonné of Goldin’s photographs published by Steidl. Over the course of the takeover, different pages from this comprehensive publication project will be displayed, revealing Goldin’s notes and markups over the course of its development.

The Shop takeover accompanies an exhibition of Goldin’s early works in the gallery upstairs and Nan Goldin: Sisters, Saints, Sibyls, the second presentation in the Gagosian Open series of off-site exhibitions, on view at 83 Charing Cross Road from May 30 to June 23, 2024.

Nan Goldin, Self-portrait with eyes turned inward, Boston, 1989 © Nan Goldin

Ed Ruscha, UPS DOWNS, 2023 © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Brica Wilcox

Support

Art for a Safe and Healthy California
Presented by Jane Fonda, Gagosian, and Christie’s

Art for a Safe and Healthy California is a benefit exhibition and auction presented by Jane Fonda, Gagosian, and Christie’s to support Campaign for a Safe and Healthy California. Artworks donated by artists including Charles Gaines, Frank Gehry, Alex Israel, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Catherine Opie, Christina Quarles, Ed Ruscha, Jonas Wood, among others, will be sold to help the coalition of voters campaigning to stop oil companies attempting to repeal Governor Gavin Newsom’s SB1137 on the November ballot. The bill provides safe setbacks from oil wells for homes, parks, schools, and playgrounds, as well as requirements to make already pumping wells safer.

The benefit launches on April 9 with a ticketed fundraiser in Beverly Hills hosted by Jane Fonda, Larry Gagosian, Aileen Getty, and Susan and Mark Buell, with cohosts Edythe Broad, Frank Gehry, Wendy and Eric Schmidt, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, and Sean Penn. Highlighted artworks will be on view. A selection of works will be auctioned in the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale during their marquee sale week in May, while another group of works will be presented for sale in an exhibition in summer 2024 at the Beverly Hills gallery.

Ed Ruscha, UPS DOWNS, 2023 © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Brica Wilcox

Gagosian’s booth at ART SG 2024. Artwork, left to right: © ADAGP, Paris, 2024, © Jonas Wood, © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Ringo Cheung

Art Fair

ART SG 2024

January 19–21, 2024, booth BC06
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
artsg.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in the second edition of ART SG, with a selection of works by international contemporary artists including Harold Ancart, Georg Baselitz, Ashley Bickerton, Amoako Boafo, Dan Colen, Edmund de Waal, Nan Goldin, Lauren Halsey, Hao Liang, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Tetsuya Ishida, Alex Israel, Donald Judd, Y.Z. Kami, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Rick Lowe, Takashi Murakami, Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh, Nam June Paik, Ed Ruscha, Jim Shaw, Alexandria Smith, Spencer Sweeney, Stanley Whitney, Jonas Wood, and Zeng Fanzhi. The works on view, which embrace a wide variety of subjects and approaches, find artists infusing traditional genres such as history painting, portraiture, and landscape with new and surprising ideas that traverse cultural and temporal boundaries. 

Gagosian’s booth at ART SG 2024. Artwork, left to right: © ADAGP, Paris, 2024, © Jonas Wood, © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Ringo Cheung

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Museum Exhibitions

Nan Goldin, Nicolas, Clemens and Jens laughing at Le Pulp, Paris, 1999 © Nan Goldin

Just Opened

Fragile Beauty
Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection

Through January 5, 2025
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
www.vam.ac.uk

Showcasing over three hundred rare prints from 140 photographers, Fragile Beauty is a major presentation of twentieth- and twenty-first-century photography, on loan from the private collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish. Selected from over seven thousand images, the photographs—many of which are on public display for the first time—are era-defining images that explore both the strength and vulnerability inherent to the human condition. Work by Nan Goldin and Sally Mann is included.

Nan Goldin, Nicolas, Clemens and Jens laughing at Le Pulp, Paris, 1999 © Nan Goldin

Tatiana Trouvé, Priapus, 2010 © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Thomas Lannes

On View

Lacan, L’exposition
Quand l’art rencontre la psychanalyse

Through May 27, 2024
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

This exhibition, whose title translates to Lacan, the Exhibition: When Art Meets Psychoanalysis, is the first museum presentation dedicated to the French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan. Closely involved with twentieth-century art and artists, Lacan intrigued and provoked—interpreting artworks not just as something to see, but as objects that look back at the viewer. The multipart exhibition invites visitors on an intellectual journey through artworks that engage with Lacanian concepts such as “the mirror stage,” “lalangue,” and “jouissance.” Work by Maurizio Cattelan, Alberto Giacometti, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Anselm Kiefer, Pablo Picasso, Tatiana Trouvé, and Andy Warhol is included.

Tatiana Trouvé, Priapus, 2010 © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Nan Goldin, Christmas at The Other Side, Boston, 1972 © Nan Goldin

Opening Soon

Nan Goldin
This Will Not End Well

Opening October 2024
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
www.smb.museum

This retrospective explores Nan Goldin’s photographic practice within the context of filmmaking. Over the years, she has created more than a dozen moving-image works composed of thousands of images, ranging from portraits of her friends to traumatic family stories about addiction and domestic violence. Embracing the artist’s original vision of how her work is to be experienced, the exhibition—presented in six unique buildings designed by architect Hala Wardé— focuses on Goldin’s slideshows and video installations set to sound and music. This exhibition originated at Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Nan Goldin, Christmas at The Other Side, Boston, 1972 © Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, My horse, Roma, Valley of the Queens, Luxor, Egypt, 2003 © Nan Goldin

Opening Soon

Nan Goldin
This Will Not End Well

October 5, 2025–February 15, 2026
Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
pirellihangarbicocca.org

This retrospective explores Nan Goldin’s photographic practice within the context of filmmaking. Over the years, she has created more than a dozen moving-image works composed of thousands of images, ranging from portraits of her friends to traumatic family stories about addiction and domestic violence. Embracing the artist’s original vision of how her work is to be experienced, the exhibition—presented in six unique buildings designed by architect Hala Wardé—focuses on Goldin’s slideshows and video installations set to sound and music. This exhibition has traveled from Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Nan Goldin, My horse, Roma, Valley of the Queens, Luxor, Egypt, 2003 © Nan Goldin

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