Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin. Photo courtesy of The MacDowell Colony.

The MacDowell Colony, a non-profit artist residency program in New Hampshire, has named Nan Goldin as the 2012 Edward MacDowell Medal recipient.

Each year The MacDowell Colony honors “an individual artist who has made outstanding contribution to his/her field.” Past winners include Robert Frank, Edward Hopper, Joan Didion, Thornton Wilder and I.M. Pei. On August 12, 2012, Goldin will receive the prestigious award.

Goldin, 58, is best known for her gritty self-portraits and documentary photographs of fringe subcultures in New York City during the Seventies and Eighties. The images often depicted drug use, violence, domestic abuse and sexual situations, and are collectively known as “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency.” Goldin has been the subject of two major exhibitions, one at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1996 and the other at the Centre Pompidou in 2001.

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