Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nan Goldin Scopophilia-10/29-12/23/11 @ Matthew Marks Gallery

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin's documentation of her own life and those of her friends has long pursued intimacy at all costs, in the process inaugurating a confessional genre of photography that has influenced a generation of artists. For her eighth solo show at Matthew Marks, Ms. Goldin will stage a 25-minute installation of slides, commissioned by the Louvre Museum in 2010, which offers a new perspective on the voyeuristic nature of art-viewing. She was allowed unusual access to shoot within the museum, and has selected more than 400 photographs, juxtaposing details of iconic works by artists such as Delacroix and Ingres with selections from her archive featuring a cast of characters, including family and friends, familiar to fans of her work. A soundtrack with narration provided by the artist accompanies the slides. A great show! Nan Goldin is back! Go and see it!

Nan Goldin


October 29 - December 23, 2011 522 W 22 Street, New York, NY 10011 Opening: Friday, October 28th, 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Press Release
Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Nan Goldin: Scopophilia, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. This will be the artist’s first exhibition in New York since 2007 and includes the U.S. debut of Scopophilia, a new 25-minute-long slide installation commissioned last year by the Louvre Museum.
Scopophilia, which consists of over 400 photographs culled from Goldin’s career, pairs her own autobiographical images with new photographs of paintings and sculpture from the Louvre’s collection. Organized around themes of love and desire, Scopophilia, which means “the love of looking,” reflects on Goldin’s intensely personal photographs, as well as the unique permission given to the artist to photograph freely throughout the Louvre Museum. Of this project, Goldin explains, “Desire awoken by images is the project’s true starting point. It is about the idea of taking a picture of a sculpture or a painting in an attempt to bring it to life.”

Nan Goldin’s work has been the subject of two major touring museum retrospectives, one organized in 1996 by the Whitney Museum of American Art, and another, in 2001, by the Centre Georges Pompidou. Goldin was admitted to the French Legion of Honor in 2006 and received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in 2007. Last year 
Nan Goldin: Berlin Work, Photographs 1984-2009 was seen at the Berlinische Gallery in Berlin. Goldin’s seminal work, the slide installation called The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, is currently on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis through October 16.
Scopophilia, will be the artist’s eighth exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery since 1992.

Nan Goldin: 
Scopophilia, will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), from October 28 through December 23. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

For additional information, please contact Jeffrey Peabody at (212) 243-0200, or email

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