Nan Goldin

NAN GOLDIN "JIMMY PAULETTE AND TABOO! UNDRESSING, NYC" 1991

$14,500

Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1970's Goldin took candid shots of her lovers and friends - especially drag queens and trans women, characters often living on the margins of society, in New York City and beyond.

"Jimmy Paulette and Taboo! Undressing” is a paradigm of Goldin's work from the early 1990s celebrating the glamour, beauty, and comradery of the New York drag scene. It is also an important image of one of Goldin's favorite subjects. 

The photograph features Jimmy Paulette and Taboo!, two of Goldin's beloved and recurring muses, in a New York apartment. Jimmy Paulette, on the left, poses against the door frame, with a strong gaze that is both demure and mischievous. His Mona Lisa smile and kind eyes contribute to the sense of intimacy that this piece evokes. Meanwhile, Taboo!'s profile is visible on the bottom right through the reflection of a floor-length mirror. 

This image is one of several iconic photographs of Jimmy Paulette that represent the unique energy and presence of Drag during New York City Pride, including Jimmy Paulette on David's Bike, NYC  and Jimmy Paulette After the Parade, 1991

Today, images of drag queens and glamorous trans women are increasingly common, considering the success of TV shows such as RuPaul's Drag Race, Legendary, or Pose. However during the early 1990s, at the climax of the AIDS crisis, images celebrating this type of queer expression were brave, uncommon, and transgressive.  Today, Caviar20 is excited and proud to be offering this third image from the Jimmy Paulette / Pride group. 

This photograph appears in Goldin's seminal book “The Other Side'', first published in 1993 (!),  which celebrates drag queens and trans women. It is an important document that observes and dignifies the glamour, courage, and vibrancy of the drag and trans communities. 

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"Jimmy Paulette and Taboo! Undressing, NYC

USA, 1991

Cibachrome print, flush-mounted

Titled, signed, and dated on the verso

From an edition of 25

39.5"H 26.5"W (sheet)

40.5"H 27.5"W (framed)

Very good condition

Literature: 

Nan Goldin, The Other Side, Manchester, England 1993, reproduced (colour) p.80

Nan Goldin: I'll be your Mirror, exhibition catalogue, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 1996, reproduced (colour) p.308

Iwona Blazwick, Simon Wilson, Tate Modern: the handbook, London 2000, p.161, reproduced (colour) p.161

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