Nan Goldin, ‘The Parents’ Wedding Photo, Swampscott, Massachusetts’, 1985, The Museum of Modern Art

Collection: The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Printed 2006

"Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency"

Venue: Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016)

Acquired through the generosity of Richard O. Rieger

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.