NAN GOLDIN "THE HUG, NYC" PHOTOGRAPH,1980
Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is unquestionably one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.
A successor to Diane Arbus, her aesthetic and creative approach had a tremendous impact on both the medium and the art world.
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 and friends - notably drag queens.
In the 1980's she documented her social circle, characters often living on the margins of society, in New York City and beyond.
"The Hug, New York City" 1980 is one of Goldin's most iconic images.
This image, first appearing in Goldin's revolutionary The Ballad of Sexual Dependency slide show, epitomizes the driving theme of her work - the intensity of amorous relationships.
In this work we see Goldin being hugged tightly by her boyfriend Brian, who reappears as a central character in much of her work from this period. His affectionate, tight grip takes on a more daunting appearance in the context of her later works where we see her unflinching bruises from domestic abuse at the hands of Brian.
This is a paradigm of Goldin's portrayal of desire and its sometimes consequences of violence, and pain.
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"The Hug. NYC. 1980"
C print photograph on Fujicolor Professional paper
Signed, titled, numbered AP 1 and dated by the artist verso
Artist's inscription: "I have lost so much already. I can't lose (sp.) you too. Thank you for all. Lots of love, N."
21.5”H 15”W (photograph)
28.5"H 21"W (framed with museum glass)
Very good condition
Literature: Aperture, Singular Images: Essays on Remarkable Photographs, cover and p. 87; Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, back cover and p. 129; Korinsha Press, Nan Goldin: Couples and Loneliness, p. 18; Sussman and Armstrong, Nan Goldin: I'll Be Your Mirror, New York, p. 127
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