Nan Goldin

1953 · United States

Artist biography

Nan Goldin is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the United States. Nan Goldin was born in 1953. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Jenny Holzer, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Nan Goldin's work, including galleries in countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Nan Goldin's work include Sprovieri in London, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea in Milan, as well as Guido Costa Projects in Turin. Nan Goldin's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Sirens at Marian Goodman Gallery | London in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 13 November 2019 until 10 January 2020. Nan Goldin's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; PHOTO (07 June 2019 - 30 November 2019) at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland and Can You Feel It? (14 November 2019 - 10 January 2020) at Last Tango in Switzerland.

Nan Goldin in private collections

There are two collectors in possession of artworks by Nan Goldin at Artland. These collectors include Robert Mollers and johnnyroux, who also has works by other artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Hur Kyung-Ae.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre in the world. Major art movements established and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the authority of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin was born in 1953 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a wish to grow and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, particularly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists drifting through the downtown scene, visiting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who showed a strong interest in the European ideas of phenomenology, associated with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the frontiers between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they aimed to give life to artworks that would accentuate the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Nan Goldin

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 13

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