NAN GOLDIN "SELF PORTRAIT IN THE LODGE", 1988
Some of the most striking images in Nan Goldin's oeuvre are her self-portraits.
Throughout her career, Goldin has photographed herself during the various chapters of her life, regardless of how "flattering" they are. Several of her most haunting self-portraits were done shortly after experiencing domestic abuse...yet there are also images documenting moments of joy (such as this photo here) ...and moments of personal introspection.
When one starts to explore Nan Goldin's record of her life one is struck by how much loss and violence she experienced, especially during the 1980's. Many of her friends and lovers were part of that first generation of AIDS victims, often simultaneously dealing with issues of addiction, withdrawal and recovery.
“Self Portrait at the Lodge, Belmont, MA” was taken in Massachusetts at a treatment centre for drug and alcohol addiction.
The tightly cropped image depicts the artist on a bed marked clearly with an institutional logo. Like Goldin’s other snapshot images, “Self Portrait at the Lodge” is carefully constructed but remains emotionally candid. Goldin is out of focus, while appropriately the rehab's logo is clearly depicted.
This work can be found in the permanent collections of several prestigious public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Guggenheim Museum (NYC), and The Fotomuseum (Winterthur, Switzerland).
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“Self Portrait in the Lodge, Belmont, MA”
Cibachrome print photograph
Signed, titled, dated and numbered on verso.
From an edition of 25
15.5”H 23.25”W (photograph)
17.5"H 25.5"H (framed)
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