Nan Goldin Receives the 5th Ruth Baumgarte Art Award

Nan Goldin, photograph by David Armstrong, 2000

 

Nan Goldin, born in Washington in 1953 and raised in Boston, began taking photographs in her early youth. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1974 to 1977. She now lives and works in New York, Paris and Berlin. In her photographs, Nan Goldin addresses serious themes such as violence, drugs, sex and death. She portrays and documents - always in a sensitive way - friends, acquaintances and herself in sometimes very personal and intimate snapshots. Over the decades, a kind of diary was created that, like the work of Ruth Baumgarte, places people at the centre of artistic interest, while at the same time unquestionably revealing the artist's strong empathetic attitude towards the people portrayed. In addition to major solo exhibitions in renowned museums and exhibition venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Berlinische Galerie, Nan Goldin’s works are also represented in numerous public collections, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Modern, London, and the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.

 

Invitation to Art Award Ceremony

Photograph Album