Nan GoldinVivienne in the green dress, NYC 1980

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Nan Goldin (born 1953)
Vivienne in the green dress, NYC
Date 1980
MediumPhotograph, colour, Cibachrome print, on paper mounted onto board
Dimensionsimage: 1015 x 695 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1997
Not on display


Goldin took the colour photograph Vivienne in the green dress in an apartment in New York. As a print it exists in an edition of twenty-five. It is also a component image in Goldin's slide show and first book, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. It portrays a young woman, in a green dress, standing next to a partially opened window. Blackness outside indicates that it is night. She stares directly at the camera positioned below her roughly at the level of her hands. A small, blue, portable radio is on the windowsill next to her. Closer to the camera, a dark blue glass vase holds a cluster of dried, reddish leaves. Their red colour echoes the red plastic bangle and intense red lipstick she wears. Her dress, made of a taffeta-like fabric, has the appearance of a thrift store find. It clearly belongs to an earlier era, such as the 1940s. Dressing up was an important part of Goldin's social life in the 1970s and early 1980s… (read more)

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