Nan Goldin: Recent Photographs

Pawel’s Back, East Hampton, 1996
dye destruction print, 30 x 40 inches

Nan Goldin: Recent Photographs features work from the last two years, most of which has been made since her highly acclaimed mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It will be on view 6 March through 26 April 1997 at Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary Street, San Francisco.

Nan Goldin’s pictures narrate her life, evolving from relationships rather than from observations. The artist has said “I sometimes don’t know how I feel about someone until I take his or her picture.” Out of the flux of experience, Goldin captures moments that cumulatively tell stories of love, friendship, desire, isolation, adoration and revelation. Her images are more than one-shot narratives; they are structured for the densest interaction of characters and themes—resulting in a resounding, almost musical creation that resonates with ambivalence and complexity.

Bruno with the tattoo, Naples, 1995
dye destruction print, 40 x 30 inches

Beginning work in the early 1970s, Goldin has chronicled her life and that of her friends from the party years in Boston and New York and moving on to the euphoria and despair of widespread drug abuse, the burgeoning AIDS crisis, the collective will to survive, and the inevitable passage of time. Internationally recognized, her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography among many others.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with J. John Priola: Saved.

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