Nan Goldin, ‘Self-portrait in blue bathroom, London’, 1980, Koller Auctions

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A.P. II, artist's proof. Titled, dated and signed on the label on the reverse: Self-portrait in blue bathroom, London. 1980 Nan Goldin, as well as dedicated on the reverse: Frank! fatis agimur cedite fatis Be brave Nan. Sheet size 70.6 x 102.3 cm, mounted on foam board.

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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.