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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Nan Goldin
    Born 1953, Washington, D.C.

    1974 Imageworks, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1977 BFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston

    Selected museum exhibitions: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2017); Museum of Modern Art (2016); Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (2012); Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden (2007); Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, Pennsylvania (2005); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2001); Whitney Museum of American Art (1996); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1994); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1993); Museum Folkwang, Essen (1991); Aperture Foundation, New York (1986); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1985)
    Selected honors: Edward MacDowell Medal (2012); Hasselblad Award for Photography (2007); Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2006); Art Matters, Inc. Award (1990); Wilhelmina Jackson Fellowship (1977)
    Selected public collections: Art Institute of Chicago; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Photographing her friends and herself, Nan Goldin’s work constitutes a visual diary based on directness and intimacy. According to the artist: “I photograph directly from my life. These pictures come out of relationships, not observation.” This is clearly the case in the present photograph, which she took at the Mudd Club, a nightclub that was central to the downtown scene in New York from 1978 through 1983. Cookie, to the left, is Cookie Mueller, an actress, writer, and a close friend of Goldin, who would photograph her throughout her life.

  • Artist Biography

    Nan Goldin

    American • 1953

    American artist Nan Goldin uses photography to expose the intimate and vulnerable nature of her personal life. Her photographs are raw, authentic, sexual and, at times, highly violent. Her most famous series, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, chronicles Goldin's life during the late 1970s and '80s, following the artist through the gritty, abusive and often dangerous situations she put herself through.

    The material being half-autobiographical and half-universal, Goldin attempts to depict the complexities of city living by way of diaristic practices. Having shot New York during its golden years, she has created an expansive archive of the AIDS crisis, drug abuse in the 1980s, underground culture and urban development.

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Cookie and Millie in the Girl’s bathroom at the Mud Club, NYC

signed, titled, dated and numbered 23/25 in ink on the verso
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019