1 / 6       Nan Goldin, Untitled, Boston, 1971-1974. B/w vintage print, 25x20 cm.
2 / 6       Nan Goldin, Bea as blonde venus, 1974. B/w vintage print, 25x20 cm.
3 / 6       Nan Goldin, Naomi with her sister, Honey, 1972. Vintage color print, 35x28 cm.
4 / 6       Nan Goldin, Untitled, Boston, 1971-1974, B/w vintage print, 23x18 cm.
5 / 6       Nan Goldin, Colette in Sophia Loren drag, 1973. B/w vintage print, 20x20 cm.
6 / 6       Nan Goldin, Untitled, Boston, 1971-1974. B/w vintage print, 25x20 cm.

A brilliant newcomer

A new solo show of photographs by the US photographer Nan Goldin is now exhibited at the Guido Costa Projects Gallery in Turin.
The exhibition – simply entitled Nan Goldin – showcases the long professional relationship between the artist and the gallery; a relationship that has included several exhibition projects, publications and life experiences both in Italy and other parts of the world. Such an important and intense relationship deserves a rather special exhibition that brings together absolutely unique and previously unseen works of great historical and documentary importance.
The exhibition marks the beginning of a complex and ambitious project dedicated to Nan Goldin, which will include a series of exhibitions whose aim is to cast a spotlight on some of the most secret and intimate aspects of the artists personal creative history. Drawn from her New York archive, the works on show date back to her Bostonian years (1970-1974) and represent a turning point in the artists personal and creative development. The buck starts here, when, little more than a teenager, Nan Goldin took her first steps into the art world. The photographs document the decade which would be coined as the Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Characterized by what is clearly a genuine creative force, the striking element in this work is the ease of execution coupled with a real passion and rare and powerful urgency in the shots. Unsurprisingly, this decade would turn a shy, middle-class provincial American girl into, arguably, one of the most radical and innovative artistic voices on the international scene.
The exhibition in Turin comprises fifty photographs taken from 1970 to 1974, and allows a privileged glimpse behind the scenes of her early series of works, some of which went on to be published in The Other Side and A Double Life in the Nineties – the latter produced in collaboration with her lifelong friend David Armstrong. The mostly small-format black and white, and colour photographs seen here were developed as limited editions by the artist, who sometimes even produced only a single copy from the negative. The gallery has chosen to present only those pieces that have a special place in the entire history of the artists output: from her tentative experiments with colour; her early attempts to introduce narrative coherence to apparently chance snapshots, until the subtle traces of theoretical and political awareness begin gradually to creep into her work. In short, the best of the original Nan Goldin, a promising and brilliant newcomer.

Nan Goldin
Guido Costa Projects, via Mazzini, 24 - Torino (Italy)
2 July – 17 October 2015

opening times: from Monday to Saturday, 3 pm - 7 pm | closed on Sunday | the gallery will be closed in from 1st to 31st August
admission fee: free
info: www.guidocostaprojects.com

published on 2015-07-28 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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