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Nan Goldin

Tough & Tender

Nan and Brian in bed, New York City 1983 by Nan Goldin
Nan and Brian in bed, New York City 1983 by Nan Goldin

The photographs by Nan Goldin in Tough and tender are warm images of heartache and hope. 

Nan Goldin was born in Washington DC in 1953 and grew up in suburban Boston. Her influential photographic series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency legitimised close documentation of personal life.

The photographs in the exhibition, taken between 1981 and 1991, are selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s holdings of six of Goldin’s photographs.

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Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker
Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker
Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker
Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker

Tough & Tender

Previous exhibition, 2016

Art by Warwick Baker, Chris Burden, Larry Clark, Rozalind Drummond, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Collier Schorr explores personal relations, individual expression and fluid identity.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.