The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (signed) Nan Goldin
Published by Aperture, 1986
Softcover, 148 pages, 255 x 230 mm.
First softcover edition 1989. Signed.
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a visual diary chronicling the struggle for intimacy and understanding between friends, family, and lovers, formed out of the artist’s own experiences around Boston, New York, Berlin, and elsewhere in the late 70s, 80s, and beyond. Its protagonists—including the artist herself—are captured in intimate moments of love and loss. They experience ecstasy and pain through sex and drug use; they revel at dance clubs and bond with their children at home; and they suffer from domestic violence and the ravages of AIDS. Goldin's photography is instinctive, unconcerned with the beauty of form, which pushes beyond appearances towards the deep intensity of real situations, without any mediation. In a fusion of artistic evolution and her own painful yet fascinating life story, Nan Goldin created a genre unto itself: studied, utilized and imitated throughout the world, her images are a model that remains intact today. This book is recognized today as one of the masterpieces of the history of photography. An absolute contemporary classic, with an extremely scarce signature by Nan Goldin.
Condition: Very Good+, minor shelf wear, small stain in a corner of the first pages.