Nan Goldin

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency on view at MoMA

Above: Trixie on the Cot, New York City (1979). Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 15.5 x 23.125 inches. Home page/Photography page: The Hug, New York City (1980). Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 23.125 x 15.5 inches. Both images: Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Nan Goldin.

BY: PROVOKR Staff

“Real memory, which these pictures trigger, is an invocation of the color, smell, sound and physical presence, the density and flavor of life,” wrote Nan Goldin in her 1986 photobook, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Originally created as a slideshow presentation set to songs by the Velvet Underground, James Brown and Nina Simone, to name a few, The Ballad’s photographs—which were first publicly displayed at the Whitney Biennial in 1985—are a visual diary, snapshots of Goldin’s friends and creative cohorts as well as members of the cultural underclass, including pimps, transvestites, battered women, drug users and people with AIDS. But no matter her subject, all of Goldin’s photos have the same hallmark: a sense of intimacy, emotional intensity, eroticism and voyeuristic appeal. Through February 12, 2017, New York’s Museum of Modern Art will be presenting The Ballad in its original 35mm format, and will be exhibiting its collection of Goldin photos that also appear in the slideshow.

Nan Goldin photography, moma, Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City
Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City (1983), by Nan Goldin. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2006, 15.5 x 23.1875 inches. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Nan Goldin.

 

Nan Goldin photography, moma, Philippe H. and Suzanne Kissing at Euthanasia, New York City
Philippe H. and Suzanne Kissing at Euthanasia, New York City (1981), by Nan Goldin. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 15.5 x 23.125 inches. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Nan Goldin.

 

Nan Goldin photography, moma, Nan and Dickie in the York Motel, New Jersey
Nan and Dickie in the York Motel, New Jersey (1980), by Nan Goldin. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 15.5 x 23.125 inches. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Nan Goldin.

 

Nan Goldin photography, moma, The Hug, New York City
The Hug, New York City (1980), by Nan Goldin. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 23.125 x 15.5 inches. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Nan Goldin.

 

Nan Goldin photography, moma, The Parents' Wedding Photo, Swampscott, Massachusetts
The Parents’ Wedding Photo, Swampscott, Massachusetts (1985), by Nan Goldin. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2006, 15.5 x 23.125 inches. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Nan Goldin.

 

Nan Goldin photography, moma, Rise and Monty Kissing, New York City
Rise and Monty Kissing, New York City (1980), by Nan Goldin. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 15.5 x 23.125 inches. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Nan Goldin.