Featured in Nan Goldin’s groundbreaking “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” a visual diary documenting the lives of the artist and her friends, “The Hug, NYC” showcases one of the turbulent work’s more joyful moments, as the muscled arm of an unseen male subject grips the waist of a black-haired woman clad in a blue dress. An intimate, moving work, “The Hug, NYC” is a deft example of the casual immediacy that so often characterizes Goldin’s work.

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Scattered minor scratches to surface of print; otherwise, no apparent condition issues. Mounted to Sintra.
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Nan Goldin (American, b. 1953) is an American photographer living and working in New York, Berlin, and Paris. Her first solo show in 1973 in Boston explored her photographic insights into the city’s gay and transsexual communities. Goldin graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 1977 and 1978, respectively, and moved to New York City. In New York, she explored and documented the city’s post-punk music scene and the post-Stonewall gay subculture of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her images, shot with available light and often displayed as a slideshow, explore themes such as love, gender, and sexuality. Most recently, she has photographed campaigns for Bottega Veneta, Scanlan & Theodore, Jimmy Choo, and Dior.

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The Hug, NYC, 1980
Lot Number 18
Dye-bleach print
23.5 x 15.5 in (59.69 x 39.37 cm)
Artist's Proof outside main edition of 25
Signed, inscribed, titled, and dated in ink on label affixed to verso; dedicated in blue ink on upper left, verso

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The Hug, NYC
  • Dimensions
    23.5 x 15.5 in (59.69 x 39.37 cm)