Nan Goldin at QF
If you aren’t going to Fête Paradiso in the city this weekend, get out to the Hamptons. Dude, Nan Goldin. Legend, and reason I went to undergrad for photography. QF Gallery, who I had the pleasure of working with for artMRKT Hamptons, will be showing an incredible show of Goldin’s work next weekend in East Hampton. It’s almost next to the train station, and definitely worth a day trip.
Wish You Were Here
Curated by Carrie Mackin
August 3 – 18, 2013
Opening Reception Saturday, August 3, 6-8 p.m.
QF Gallery is pleased to present Nan Goldin: Wish You Were Here, the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery, curated by Carrie Mackin. These arresting images, taken from the 1980’s to the present reveal a rather conspicuous side of spirit and leisure from the artist’s home in Sag Harbor, to her countless summers abroad.
Known for her intensely personal, sexual, and confrontational images depicting friends, family, and lovers, all of the pictures at QF Gallery likewise focus on the very private, candid world of relationships – conceivable, this time through a softer lens. Couples are seen in the thralls of affection in the moment, reveling in an embrace or kiss. Mothers and women are captured enjoying peace and serenity, a beautiful friend with face turned up to the sun floats, and a blond haired woman sunbathes with her children, eyes closed with the rays casting deep shadows. In a child’s world, Goldin shows kids often frozen in play or role-play, androgynous and innocent. Twin girls hop on a trampoline while another, inside a convenience store, is decked-out in camouflage, complete with face-paint. Like most of Goldin’s iconic images, she reveals as much about these individuals as she does of herself.
Nan Goldin’s work has been exhibited in major retrospectives around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Her photographs and video are represented in major private and public collections globally. Recently, her Scopophilia exhibition was part of Patrice Chéreau’s special 2011 program at the Louvre. Goldin was admitted to the French Legion of Honor in 2006 and received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in 2007. Most recently, she was awarded the 2012 Edward MacDowell medal. The artist lives and works in Paris, Berlin, and New York.
Carrie Mackin is an art and business consultant living in New York City. She has recently joined Hilton Moore Partners as the Director of Fine Art, a private fund investing in contemporary art, rare books and wine. During the summer months she spends her time in East Hampton as Director of Special Projects for QF Gallery. Mackin has had the unique opportunity to work with artists such as Mickalene Thomas, Wangechi Mutu, E.V. Day, Hank Willis Thomas, Josephine Meckseper and others.
QF Gallery is in its second year as a curatorial project space in East Hampton, featuring emerging and established artists and curators. The gallery is in the bottom fourth of a traditional East Hampton home that was built in 1905.