Nan Goldin (American, born Washington, D.C., 1953)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 18.1 x 26.3 cm (7 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.)
Sheet: 27.8 x 35.3 cm (10 15/16 x 13 7/8 in.)
Mount: 28 x 35.5 cm (11 x 14 in.)
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2012
Not on view
Goldin is best known for her harrowing and bittersweet photographic chronicle of hipster life on the Lower East Side of New York during the 1970s and early 1980s, originally shown as a slide show and later published as a book, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Like her subjects, Goldin operates in the gap between art and life that is the special province of the bohemian—where one’s attitude and attire, relationships and lifestyle are as carefully constructed and dramatically expressed as any work of art. This black-and-white portrait of a drag queen posing with a cigarette in her hand and teddy bear on the bed—made in Boston when Goldin was twenty years old and still signing her photographs “Nancy Goldin”—is a superb example of the artist’s early work and offers insight into the genesis of her unique vision.
Inscription: Signed by the artist in pencil on print, recto BR beneath image: "Nancy Goldin". [No marks or inscriptions on verso]
Nan Goldin; given to Allen Frame, New York, 1973–74; [Gitterman Gallery, New York, 2012]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 60," September 11, 2012–January 13, 2013.