Le Terrain de jeu du Diable. SIGNED by Nan Goldin on the title page. 12.25 inches x 9.25 inches.
With a biography, select bibliography and index of works. A major collection of work by Nan Goldin, one of the leading chroniclers of our time. An intimate and compelling photographic portrait which tells personal stories of relationships, friendships and identity, but also chronicles different eras and the passage of time.
Includes new work from Goldin's series of photographs such as Elements, Heartbeat, Still on Earth and Maternity. Features previously unpublished works by Goldin, alongside earlier classics. Photographic sequences are interspersed with a series of short essays which discuss different aspects and themes in Goldin's work, such as narrative, love, the family and gender politics. The most comprehensive book published on Nan Goldin to date. Very good in a very good dust jacket.
The boards are clean and bright with minimal wear. There is a hint of sunning to spine of jacket. Dating mostly from 2000 to 2002, this latest collection of photos from'80s star Goldin broadens her exploration of intimacy to take in first loves and births, along with the usual chronicling of accidents and illnesses, drug addiction and recovery, age and loss among friends and family. Throughout this nearly 12"×9" collection, the body is always primary, and often unabashedly fleshy.
The ease with which Goldin captures her friends and relatives showering, relaxing on a bed, or in the midst of lovemaking is impressive, establishing both the reality of the moment while simultaneously bathing her subjects in her loving, third-party glow. Texts include pieces by Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave, along with New York downtowners John Giorno and the late Cookie Mueller.
While Goldin's work is often compared to Diane Arbus's, in that both photographed the so-called "marginal" members of society, rather than using the lens as a distancing, voyeuristic tool, Goldin equalizes viewer and viewed. Through the lens of familiarity, the photo becomes less an exploitation than a connection. Homosexual, transvestite, straight, scarred, tattooed or simply uniquely shaped, everyone has relations-and Goldin does not exempt herself, as two sections in the book follow her struggle against heroin addiction. While the 460 shots here are printed in gorgeous color, many of the photos are unfortunately situated across a two-page spread, with the central human figure often disappearing or elided into the gutter, at odds with the overall intention of the collection. You'll be drawn in, turned on, disgusted, or in love with this absorbing book, which has a strange beauty of it own.
(Digital Photographer)'Her work is defiantly stripped bare - in The Devil's Playground, reality bites. (Elle)'This intense, roller-coaster ride through pain and pleasure is made bearable by the extraordinary beauty of the photographs. The item "SIGNED Nan Goldin The Devil's Playground Le Terrain de jeu du Diable 1st French" is in sale since Monday, February 27, 2012.
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