"Lavender Landscape" (Ireland, 2002) and "Vivienne Tripping on the Beach" (Donegal, Ireland, 1979) are part of Nan Goldin's "Irish Landscapes" which she created during her visits to the country in 1979 and 2002. The series premiered in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 2017. While Goldin has become famous for her intense portraits of her friends and lovers since the 1970s, the "Irish Landscapes" show unexpected and almost everyday - rocky landscapes and moving seas from the Donegal, Galway and Dublin areas that are (almost) deserted. Similar to her portraits, the images have the aesthetic of a snapshot, with a very specific sense of colour and light. They are deeply emotionally charged, raw and moving, capturing the lucid moment of their emergence with poignant force.
Nan Goldin (born 1953 in Washington D.C., lives and works in New York, Berlin and Paris) is one of the most significant contemporary photographers. Her work has been featured in major retrospectives by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1996) and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2001), as well as in exhibitions at SFMoMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Museu Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2002); the C/O Berlin Foundation, Berlin (2009); the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2010); the Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (2012); the Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover (2015); the MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016); the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2017); the Château de Versailles, France and the Château d'Hardelot, Condette, France (2018); and Tate Modern, London (2019). In 2006 she was awarded the Order de Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, in 2007 the Hasselblad Award and in 2012 the Edward MacDowell Medaille, amongst others.
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