Nan Goldin (amerikanisch, geb. 12.09.1953) wuchs in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, auf, wo sie bereits als Teenager mit der Fotografie begann. Sie dokumentierte homosexuelle und transsexuelle Kreise, in die sie von dem befreundeten Fotografen David Armstrong (amerikanisch, geb. 1954) eingeführt wurde. In ihren frühen Arbeiten machte sie häufig Bilder von Drag Queens, dieses Motiv setzt sich auch in ihren weiteren Arbeiten fort. Sie besuchte die School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA, hier schuf sie eine Reihe an Arbeiten, welche die Grundlage ihres bekanntesten Werkes The Ballad of Sexual Dependency bildeten. Dieses Werk besteht aus intimen Porträts ihrer engsten Freunde, die in einer Art Diashow präsentiert werden und zeigt alternative Lebensformen und aufkommende Subkulturen in New York City. Sie arbeitete während der nächsten zwei Jahrzehnte weiter an diesem Projekt und erweiterte es mit Fotografien, die sie während ihrer Reisen durch Europa schoss.

In den 1990er Jahren begann Goldin, die Auswirkungen von AIDS zu dokumentieren. Viele ihrer engsten Freunde starben an dieser Erkrankung. Goldin kuratierte die umstrittene Ausstellung Witnesses: Against our Vanishing, welche im November 1989 in New York eröffnet wurde. Die Ausstellung wurde in Amerika diskutiert, als die Stiftung National Endowment for the Arts die Gelder für die Show strich, nachdem ein Aufsatz im Katalog veröffentlicht wurde, der Kritik an einigen Politikern geübt wurde. Goldin dokumentiert weiter Randgruppen der Gesellschaft auf ihre eigene Art und Weise. Internationale Einrichtungen zeigten bereits zahlreiche Retrospektiven von ihr. 2007 erhielt Goldin den renommierten Hasselblad Award.

Chronik

1953
Born in Washington, D.C.
1974
Attended Imageworks, Cambridge, USA
1977
BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, USA
1977
Wilhelmina Jackson Fellowship, Marblehead, USA
1978
Fifth Year Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, USA
1978
Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Fellowship, Boston, USA
1986
Recipient, Englehard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
1986
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Alumni Traveling Fellowship, Boston, USA
1987
Recipient, Photographic Book Prize of the Year from Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France
1987
Maine Photographic Workshop Book Award, Documentary Book of the Year
1987
Kodak Fotobuchpreis, Stuttgart, Germany
1989
Recipient, Camera Austria Prize for Contemporary Photography, Graz, Austria
1990
Recipient, Mother Jones Documentary Photography Award, San Francisco, USA
1990
Art Matters, Inc. Award, New York, USA
1991
Recipient, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
1991
Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Washington, D.C.
1991
Artist in Residence, DAAD, Berlin, Germany
1994
Brandeis Award in Photography
2002
Foto España Festival Award
2006
French Legion of Honor
2008
Recipient, Hasselblad award for photography
Lives and works in New York, USA and Paris, France

Ausstellungen

2012
Nan Goldin: Heartbeat, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
2011
Fireleap, Sprovieri Gallery, London, England (solo)
Nan Goldin: Scopophilia, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2010
Nan Goldin, Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
Nan Goldin. Berlin Work. Photographs 1984 – 2009, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Nan Goldin: Poste Restante, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Les Visages et Les Corps, Louvre Museum, Paris, France (solo)
2009
The Art of Caring, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA
Listen Darling… The World is Yours, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão, Portugal
Kids Behaving Badly, Clamp Art, New York, USA (solo)
Nan Goldin. Poste Restante: Slide Shows/Grids, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008
Nan Goldin, Heart Beat, De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Nan Goldin, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
2007
Nan Goldin: 2007 Hasselblad Award Winner, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden (solo)
Nan Goldin: Thanksgiving (from The Sir Elton John Photography Collection), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (solo)
Nan Goldin: 1972–74 and The Other Side, a slide installation, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Nan Goldin: Stories Retold, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
2006
Post War + Contemporary Art, Wrighy, Chicago, USA
Obra Gráfica y Seriada, Galería Argenta, Valencia, Spain
Chasing a Ghost, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2005
Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, USA (traveled to Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence) (solo)
Nan Goldin, Monika Sprüth/Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany (solo)
STARDUST, Guido Costa Projects, Turin, Italy (solo)
2004
Sisters, Saints and Sibyls, La Chapelle de la Salpêtrièr, Paris, France (solo)
2003
Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada (solo)
Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva, Switzerland
Nan Goldin: Heartbeat, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA
2002
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2001
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA
Le Feu Follet, Pompidou Center, Paris, France; traveled as Devil's Playground to Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England; Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
2000
Scalo, Zurich, Switzerland
1999
Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, USA
White Cube, London, England
The Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, USA
National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
1998
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA
Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi, Japan
Photographs, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
Love Streams, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, USA
Vaknin Schwartz, Atlanta, USA
Reflections Through a Golden Eye, 1975–1998, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Jablonka Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Couples and Loneliness, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1997
Love Streams, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
foto, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
1996
I'll Be Your Mirror, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA
Social Documents, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
1995
1995 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Public Information: Desire, Disaster, Document, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany
Centro d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
1994
Die Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
Die Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
1993
La Vida Sin Amor No Tiene Sentido, Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain
1993 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
1992
New Visions in Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
1991
Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Exploring the Unknown Self: Self-Portraits of Contemporary Women, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
1990
An Army of Lovers, PS 122, New York, USA
The Indomitable Spirit, International Center of Photogrphy, New York, USA and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1989
New Acquisitions, George Eastman House/International Museum of Photography, Rochester, USA
1988
Houston Foto Fest, Rice University Media Center, Houston, USA
1987
Twelve Photographers Look at the U.S., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
Art and Photography: Interactions Since 1946, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
1985
1985 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Currents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Self-Portrait Show, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1984
Portrait Show, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA (solo)

Öffentliche Sammlungen

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Gallery, London, England
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA