Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
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Back in stock! Orders will start shipping on March 10th, 2023. First published in 1986, Nan Goldin's The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a visual diary chronicling the struggles for intimacy and understanding among the friends and lovers whom Goldin describes as her
Nan Goldin (born in Washington, DC, 1953) began photographing at the age of fifteen. She received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1977. In 1978, she moved to New York, where she continued to document her “extended family.” These photographs, along with those taken in London, Berlin, and Provincetown, Massachusetts, became the subject of her slide shows and first book, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (Aperture, 1986). In December 2021, the 21st printing of The Ballad was released, which includes a new afterword by Nan, the first in 10 years. Goldin’s other books include The Other Side (1993), I’ll Be Your Mirror (1996), Ten Years After (1997), The Devil’s Playground (2004), and The Beautiful Smile (2008). An expanded and updated edition of The Other Side was published by Steidl in Fall 2019. In 1985, her work was included in the Whitney Biennial. In 1996, a major retrospective of her work opened at the Whitney and toured to museums throughout Europe. Goldin has received numerous awards, including the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in France, the Hasselblad Award and the Edward MacDowell Medal. Her work has been shown recently at the Tate Modern, London; Louvre Museum, France; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 2017, Goldin formed the activist group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), which stages protests aimed at US pharmaceutical drug companies. Goldin’s upcoming major retrospective exclusively focuses on her slide shows and video works, and will open at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, in October 2022. Goldin lives in Berlin, Paris, and New York.
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tribe.These photographs described a lifestyle that was visceral, charged and seething with a raw appetite for living, and the book soon became the swan song for an era that reached its peak in the early 1980s. Twenty-five years later, Goldin's lush color photography and candid style still demand that the viewer encounter their profound intensity head-on. As she writes:
Real memory, which these pictures trigger, is an invocation of the color, smell, sound and physical presence, the density and flavor of life.Through an accurate and detailed record of Goldin's life, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency records a personal odyssey as well as a more universal understanding of the different languages men and women speak. The book's influence on photography and other aesthetic realms has continued to grow, making it a classic of contemporary photography. This anniversary edition features all-new image separations produced using state-of-the-art technologies and specially prepared reproduction files, which offer a lush, immersive experience of this touchstone monograph.
Number of pages: 144
Publication date: 2012-10-31
Measurements: 10.28 x 9.37 x 0.73 inches
Ballad of Sexual Dependency is at once a diary and a soap opera, an unerring portrait of a particular East Village bohemia and a sexual taxonomy for the ’80s. –The Village Voice
Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a beggar’s opera of recent times. Here were real thieves and unexpected heroes, and a sense that some things in life might still be worth a brawl. –????Artforum
What Robert Frank’s The Americans was to the 1950s, Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is to the 1980s Goldin has created an artistic masterwork that tells us not only about the attitudes of her generation, but also about the times in which we live. –Andy Grundberg, The New York Times
Seen through her lens, the characters in her drama seem to become fully and inevitably themselves, with their personalities and physical appearance integrally linked. –The New York Times
In part a love poem to the bohemian life style of young people in New York City, it is also a melancholy meditation on the joys and terrors of romantic relationships, both straight and gay. –The New York Times
It is no exaggeration to describe Nan Goldin’s monumental slide show, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, as one of the most important photographic works of recent years. –The New York Times