NAN GOLDIN "EDWIGE BEHIND THE BAR, 1988"
Nan Goldin's body of work is consistently personal - she documents the romance, tragedy, triumphs and adventures of her friends and lovers.
Unlike some of her contemporaries, like Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger or Richard Prince, there is no appropriation or dialogue with Art History.
Yet "Edwige Behind the Bar, 1988" seems to be recalling Manet's masterpiece "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere" from 1882...while perfectly capturing the energy of New York City's East Village in the 1980's.
While Manet's subject seems passive and dazed, Goldin's is empowered and identified.
There is a warning sign next to Edwige's head and she seems to be initiating a confrontation.
This is a stark contrast to Manet's barmaid who appears ready to be consumed like one of the liquors surrounding her.
Over the course of a century both the depiction of women and the artistic means to create images have changed radically.
This stellar work from Nan Goldin - from the late 80's is a fantastic example of her practice and the changes in Art History.
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C print photograph, from an edition of 25.
Signed and numbered 5/25 by the artist.
19.5"H 12.5”W 19.5”H (photograph)
26"H 19.5"W (framed)