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This monograph brings to light both the sources of Goldin's inspiration and her life as a prominent contemporary artist: she is internationally recognized as one of today's leading photographers. Since the 1980s, Goldin has consistently created photographs that are intimate and compelling: they tell personal stories of relationships, friendships and identity, while chronicling different eras and exposing the passage of time.

I don’t do that at the moment (who knows in the future), I create narratives based on those moments and emotions. Goldin’s art is also one of the clearest manifestations of the vitality of the realist tradition today, that tradition in literature and painting where everyday life and the most humble of beings are represented with dignity.You'll be drawn in, turned on, disgusted, or in love with this absorbing book, which has a strange beauty of it own. Photography also became a mechanism for working through loss, and for preserving this loss ad infinitum. However, in the postmodern era of the society of spectacle, it increasingly has become a technique for inventing a parallel reality, a fiction, or a simulacrum. In “First Love”, we see different moments of desire and tenderness in the life of her young nephew and his first lover ( Simon and Jessica on the Metro, Paris, 2001; Simon and Jessica Kissing in my Shower, Paris, 2001; etc. The titles of the works tell us the names of these friends, making them familiar: Suzanne Crying, New York, 1985; Cookie and Vittorio’s Wedding, New York, 1986; Joey at the Love Ball, New York, 1991, etc.

Since the 1980s Goldin's photographs have been exhibited internationally, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museu Reina Sofia in Madrid. Every shot is the maximum moment of an encounter, that instant that inevitably precedes separation, the lens that closes, darkness. The Devil's Playground is the first major book to be published on Goldin's work since 1996 and it is by far her most important to date.This monograph brings to light both the sources of Goldin’s inspiration and her life as a prominent contemporary artist: she is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading photographers. In the intensely haunting images of this “ Devil’s Playground“, the sky and the sea are not totally separate, and the air becomes thick. She has since lived in New York, Bangkok, Berlin, Tokyo and Paris, amassing an extensive body of work that represents an often disconcertingly seductive photographic portrait of our time. Encountering the installation is a continuous emotion: the musical background is a collage of the eclectic music the artist loves; the projected images run along the wall in incessant fashion, from the photo of a birthday party in 1981, with Goldin seated in ‘her’ boyfriend’s arms, to other embracing couples, to friends who cry while they confide in Nan, to women in bathtubs, to people drinking: “It’s ultimately about how difficult it is to couple, says the artist, and how intense the need is. The Devil’s Playground was the first major book to be published on Goldin’s work since 1996 and it is by far her most important to date.

Being surrounded by other people while observing such photos seems almost like unacceptable, but I still went through the pictures with awe how interesting the moments captured were and how uncomfortable I was feeling while watching them.

This book features a significant body of latest work by Goldin, including photographs from new series such as Still on Earth (1997-2001), 57 Days (2000) and Elements (1995-2003), many of which are previously unpublished. Jens' Hand on Clemen's Back" by Nan Goldin is a large format silkscreen limited print edition of 100. Titled “ I’ll Be Your Mirror“, it brought together powerful images expressing the range of joys and sorrows that her work had reflected up to then. Each is signed and numbered by Nan Goldin and comes with a special edition of The Devil's Playground that is beautifully bound, also individually signed and numbered. Each is signed and numbered by Nan Goldin and comes with a special edition of The Devil's Playground that is beautifully bound, also individually signed and bound, signed and numbered.

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