Nan Goldin exhibition in Turin, Italy, features photos from 1970s Boston era, through October 24

Nan Goldin: Colette in Sophie Loren drag, 1973. Courtesy of Guido Costa Projects

Nan Goldin: “Colette in Sophie Loren drag,” 1973. Courtesy of Guido Costa Projects

Nan Goldin

July 2 – October 24, 2015

Guido Costa Projects – Via Mazzini 24, Torino, Italy

This special exhibition brings together absolutely unique and previously unseen works of great historical and documentary importance by Nan Goldin. It marks the beginning of a complex and ambitious project dedicated to the photographer, 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 artist’s personal creative history.

Drawn from her New York archive, the works on show date back to her years in Boston (1970-1974) and represent a turning point in the artist’s 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 us a privileged glimpse behind the scenes of her early series of work, 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 color photographs were developed as limited editions by the artist, who sometimes even produced only a single copy from the negative.

Nan Goldin: Untitled, Boston, 1971-1974. Courtesy of Guido Costa Projects

Nan Goldin: Untitled, Boston, 1971-1974. Courtesy of Guido Costa Projects

In the late Nineties a few exemplary shots were taken from this corpus, which numbers a few dozen, and made into medium-sized editions of eighteen. Apart from these few photographs (some of which became well known), the rest of the material has remained unpublished until today, with the exception of the shots contained in Dazzle Bag, exhibited as part of her first major retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1996, and the images included in the slide show ‘The Other Side’, produced at the same time.

The gallery has chosen to present only those pieces that have a special place in the entire history of the artist’s output: from her tentative experiments with color; 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, we wanted to bring out the best of the original Nan Goldin – the brilliant newcomer – long before her years in New York, Times Square, the Mudd Club and her dazzling appearance in many of the most important galleries and museums around the world.

Guido Costa Projects brings these extraordinary private documents to the public eye, safe in the knowledge that they represent a significant milestone in the history of art and photography from the last few decades. (source)

The exhibition is open to the public from 3–7 p.m. Monday-Saturday until 24 October 2015.


Guido Costa Projects
Via Mazzini, 24 – Torino, ITALY
T +39 011 8154113

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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