I don’t ever want to be susceptible to anyone else’s version of my history. My work has been about making a record of my life that no one can revise.—Nan Goldin
Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Nan Goldin: Recent Work, from January 3 through March 2, 2002.
This exhibition consists of recent photographs by Nan Goldin which explore themes of love, identity and sexuality. The photographs were made in France, Italy and in New York City. Many of the images are of couples (all very much part of Goldin’s “family”) in their private spaces, performing every day rituals. Yet even in these pedestrian activities, there is a warmth and openness intrinsic to these pictures. Goldin welcomes the viewer into her life and the lives of those she holds most dear, therefore the viewer trusts her and feels welcomed into the photograph. She says, “For me it is not a detachment to take a picture. It’s a way of touching somebody—it’s a caress. I’m looking with a warm eye, not a cold eye. I’m not analyzing what’s going on—I just get inspired to take a picture by the beauty and vulnerability of my friends.” The pictures are large format and printed in lush colors. There is a sincerity and honesty that imbues each photograph regardless of the subject matter.
Nan Goldin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1953. She began photographing in the 1970s, documenting her life by photographing the lives of her friends and family. She is currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and has been exhibited widely at museums around the world. She has published several books including The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and I’ll Be Your Mirror. Goldin currently resides and works in Paris.
The exhibition runs concurrently with Peter Hujar.