Nan Goldin



Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is unquestionably one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. 

Goldin was the first to use the "slide show" format in a high-art setting.
Beginning in the 1970's Goldin took candid shots of her lovers, friends and family characters often living on the margins of society in Boston and then New York City.

"Butch in the Tub, NYC, 1988" is a paradigm of Goldin's portraiture of New York's downtown scene, from one of her most desirable eras of production. This image was originally included in her groundbreaking and most famous body of work, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. 

Here Goldin captures her friend Butch, who appeared in a number of Goldin's portraits, pregnant and smiling in a bubble bath. Butch's arms wrap around herself in a loving embrace while a warm glow of light sensuously envelopes her nude body. Framed by square black-and-white bathroom tiles, Butch exudes an aura of unabashed joy and hope. Goldin frequently depicted her subjects, including her self, in bathrooms around the world - and is an important motif / setting in her oeuvre. 

The images from the The Ballad of Sexual Dependency range in tone from bruised and tragic to hopeful, resilient and full of joy. "Butch in the Tub" is clearly an example of the latter. 

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"Butch in the Tub, NYC, 1988"

USA, 1988

Cibachrome print

Signed and numbered  by the artist verso

15"H 23"W (image) 

30"H 25"W (framed) 

From an edition of 125

Very good condition. Detailed condition report by request 

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