Nan Goldin - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Throughout her career, Nan Goldin has elevated herself to high art status by taking intensely personal, spontaneous, sexual and transgressive photographs of her family, friends, and lovers. Known for documenting her circle of peers as they engage in intimate, uninhibited, or illicit activities, Goldin’s images are gritty and honest confrontations of personal experiences and real life. When describing her medium of photography, Goldin explains, “It can reveal. It can help one understand one’s self and one’s life and the world.” (N. Goldin quoted in S. Westfall, “Interview with Nan Goldin”, Bomb Magazine, New York, Fall 1991).

  • 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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Royal Flush 1991-92

four C-prints, mounted on Plexiglas
68 x 27 3/8 in. (172.7 x 69.5 cm)
Titled, numbered, and dated "Royal Flush 1991-92/ 2000, 2/3" on the reverse. This work is number two from an edition of three.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $86,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York