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She is most famous for her Ballad of Sexual Dependency photographs, a constantly changing slide show of approximately 750 photographs set to music. We see them sleeping, dancing, showering, making love, together at parties, waiting, crying, nursing, on the beach, in the pool, in bars, in hotel rooms.

Goldin's life and friends became the focus of her work - a diary of friends and lovers in Europe and America, in the underground and gay scene.These groups of pictures include themes titled “The Other Side”, “Recovery”, “AIDS”, “First Love”, “Mon am'”, “Elements” and “Still on Earth”.

The Devil’s Playground was the first major book to be published on Goldin’s work since 1996 and it is by far her most important to date. Each is signed and numbered by Nan Goldin and comes with a special edition of The Devil's Playground that is beautifully bound, also individually signed and bound, signed and numbered. The underlying theme of survival – the artist’s own as well as that of others – is present throughout Goldin’s oeuvre – but it emerges forcefully in these recent pictures, after the loss of many of her friends to AIDS and drugs over the years.In “First Love”, we see different moments of desire and tenderness in the life of her young nephew and his first lover ( Simon and Jessica on the Metro, Paris, 2001; Simon and Jessica Kissing in my Shower, Paris, 2001; etc. Jens' Hand on Clemen's Back" by Nan Goldin is a large format silkscreen limited print edition of 100. Titled “ I’ll Be Your Mirror“, it brought together powerful images expressing the range of joys and sorrows that her work had reflected up to then.

Sometimes she does not decide what she thinks of a person until she has photographed that person: and so photography provides her with a tool to free her fears and a guide for ‘translating’, grasping and understanding her own life. In the Times Square bar where she worked to earn money, or at underground cinemas and downtown clubs, she projected unique slide shows. The titles of the works tell us the names of these friends, making them familiar: Suzanne Crying, New York, 1985; Cookie and Vittorio’s Wedding, New York, 1986; Joey at the Love Ball, New York, 1991, etc.Encountering the installation is a continuous emotion: the musical background is a collage of the eclectic music the artist loves; the projected images run along the wall in incessant fashion, from the photo of a birthday party in 1981, with Goldin seated in ‘her’ boyfriend’s arms, to other embracing couples, to friends who cry while they confide in Nan, to women in bathtubs, to people drinking: “It’s ultimately about how difficult it is to couple, says the artist, and how intense the need is. She documents life as lived … It is fitting that the sequencing, which was laid out by Goldin herself, feels distinctly diary-esque: the profound insights often to be found in a seemingly abstract moment. After attending the Boston School of Fine Arts, Goldin moved to New York in 1978, drawn by the myth of the artist’s life in the big city.

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