Donated by the OPW 2022.
200 x 270 mm
Published to accompany the 1996 mid-career survey organized by The Whitney Museum of American Art, I’ll Be Your Mirror was the most comprehensive and critically praised publication on the work of photographer Nan Goldin. Covering two decades of her life and art, from her time in Boston in the 1970s through her move to downtown New York City and her subsequent and stratospheric rise in the art world, Goldin’s most memorable work is collected here. Amongst the many powerful images are photographs of friends and lovers sometimes in pain, sometimes in repose; self portraits taken during an abusive relationship, from The Ballad of Sexual Dependency; the transvestite and transgendered kings and queens of The Other Side; and the harrowing and moving documentation of the slow death from AIDS of close friend Cookie Mueller. Scalo Publishers released this seminal book at a new and more affordable price, making this classic title accessible to an even wider audience of Goldin’s fans than ever before.
About the Artist
First as a teenager in Boston in the 1960s, then in New York starting in the 1970s, Nan Goldin has taken intensely personal, spontaneous, sexual, and transgressive photographs of her family, friends, and lovers. In 1979 she presented her first slideshow in a New York City nightclub, and her richly colored, snap-shot-like photographs were soon heralded as a groundbreaking contribution to fine art photography. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency—the name she gave her ever-evolving show—eventually grew into a forty-five-minute multimedia presentation of more than 900 photographs, accompanied by a musical soundtrack, and published as an award-winning book.
About the Publisher
The Whitney Museum of American Art, known informally as “The Whitney”, is an art museum in New York City. It was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), a wealthy and prominent American socialite, sculptor, and art patron after whom it is named. The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art. Its permanent collection, spanning the late-19th century to the present, comprises more than 25,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and artifacts of new media by more than 3,500 artists. It places particular emphasis on exhibiting the work of living artists as well as maintaining an extensive permanent collection of important pieces from the first half of the last century. The museum’s Annual and Biennial exhibitions have long been a venue for younger and lesser-known artists whose work is showcased there.