Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Tues Noc 15th - NYC: Nan Goldin's Scopophilia

When I thumbed thru Time Out to see what shows where on in the city at the moment, I immediatley drew a circle round Nan Goldin at Matthew Marks Gallery. I always seem to be drawn to this gallery and this is the artist’s first exhibition in New York since 2007 which is a new 25-minute-long slide installation, originally commissioned by the Louvre Museum. The last time I had the opportunity to see her work projected on a large screen was at the collaborative performance with Patrick Wolf in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London. Any chance to view more ......... and Im there!

"Scopophilia" is an assembly of 400 photographs from Goldin’s career which she has paired with paintings and sculpture from the Louvre’s collection that echo her own autobiographical images. She was given unique permission to photograph freely throughout the Louvre to choose and document articles that she felt reflect her own intensely personal photographs. Goldin organised the themes around love and desire, calling the selection "Scopophilia", which means “the love of looking,” which has been illustrated in framed montages alongside the slideshow. With her rich history and body of work, this is a format of showing her archive that I hope happens again and again in relation to different site specific settings. As she explains “Desire awoken by images is the project’s true starting point. It is about the idea of taking a picture of a sculpture or a painting in an attempt to bring it to life.” Roll on the next reel of iconic imagery I get to witness from this pioneer.......

Matthew Marks Gallery
October 29 - December 23, 2011
522 W 22 Street, New York, NY 10011

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