Nan Goldin, ‘Commissioned Portrait’, 2016, Watermill Center Summer Benefit Auction 2016

Win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a custom portrait by one of the most iconic photographers of the last century, Nan Goldin. The winning bidder will receive a 30 x 40 inch portrait from a photo session that will take place in an environment that is familiar to the bidder (not in a studio) at a time that is suitable to both parties.

Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, through February 2017.

Estimated value: Priceless

Please note: After bidding closes on Artsy, bids on this piece will be transferred and executed at the live auction component of The Watermill Center Summer Benefit and Auction on the evening of July 30, 2016.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist

About Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin’s richly colored snapshots capture a world that is universally human yet highly personal. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, a filmic slideshow, presents hundreds of intense, intimate moments from Goldin’s life in New York during the 1970s and ‘80s—the artist in bed with her lover, drag queens kissing in bars, a man suffering from HIV. While Goldin, now recognized as a pioneer of diaristic photography, documents with unflinching candor a society ravaged by AIDS, drug addiction, and abuse, it is the empathy reflected in these images that imbue them with a remarkable lyricism. Unlike the cool detachment of documentary photography, taking pictures for Goldin is “a way of touching someone—a form of tenderness.”

American, b. 1953, Washington, D.C.