Nan GoldinJimmy Paulette after the parade, NYC, 1991 1991

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Nan Goldin (born 1953)
Jimmy Paulette after the parade, NYC, 1991
Date 1991
MediumPhotograph, colour, Cibachrome print, on paper
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 389 x 594 mm
Acquisition Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Peter Norton 2012
Not on display


Jimmy Paulette after the Parade, NYC, like Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a taxi, NYC (Tate P78046) and Jimmy Paulette and Taboo! undressing, NYC 1991 (Tate P11513), is one of a large series of colour photographs of glamorous drag queens taken in New York, Paris and Berlin in 1991. These are compiled with other photographs of people of ambiguous gender in Goldin’s third published book, The Other Side, named after the Boston bar she and her friends frequented during the 1970s. In this picture, Jimmy Paulette stands facing the camera directly, illuminated against the dark street behind him by Goldin’s flash, which casts a narrow band of dark shadow under his perfectly made up chin. His heavy drag makeup is complemented by a glamorous blonde wig and long beaded earrings. A gold bra worn over a stretchy white net cut-away t-shirt provides a further token of femininity while in no way camouflaging the maleness of Jimmy Paulette’s body. Like his name, which combines male and female, he presents an image of androgyny. Goldin first encountered drag queens in 1972 and quickly became obsessed… (read more)

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