Nan Goldin


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

Beginning in the 1970s, Goldin took candid shots of her friends and lovers, characters often living on the margins of society. Many of Goldin's images are like entries from a diary; recording intimate elements from both her daily life and her adventures. 

The spirit of Goldin's work, which is often raw, tender, and audacious, has strong roots in her formative years. Goldin was introduced to photography at the age of 16 when her teacher distributed Polaroid cameras. 

The medium quickly became a crucial outlet for Goldin, particularly as a teenager deeply affected by her sister's suicide. Photography served as a means to process her emotions and forge connections with others.

A few years later, Goldin would become involved with Boston's Drag scene, befriending or living with a host of young performers and trans women, and frequenting drag bars, such as The Other Side, as captured in this work. For around four years (1970-1974) Goldin documented and depicted her new-found community and crew. 

"Ivy in Rhinestones" stands out as an extraordinary image from this era, capturing one of Goldin's early muses (and roommate!) in this intimate portrait at home. 

Ivy emerged as one of Goldin's most frequent and recurring subjects throughout this period. As with the best of her work, Goldin's love and admiration pour through these images that consistently capture Ivy's enduring elegance and poise.

During this formative era in Boston, Goldin captured her friends both at home and out at their favorite haunts. The warmth and intimacy of this close friendship, combined with the domestic setting, emerge as a central theme that Goldin would go on to reimagine throughout her oeuvre. 

Click here to see another early and iconic image of Ivy, as well as here and here.

This polaroid is a paradigm of the poignant and innovative black-and-white photography of Goldin's early years. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an impressive and early piece by one of the most accomplished photographers of the 20th century.

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"Ivy in Rhinestones, Fox, Chiffon gown, Beacon Hill."

USA, 1972


Signed, titled, numbered 1/1, and dated by the artist verso.

5"H 3.5"W (work)

11.25"H 9.5"W (framed)

Detailed condition report by request 

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