A First Look at Nan Goldin's New Work, Which Grapples With Addiction

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Courtesy the Nan Goldin and Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris and London. Sirens, 2019.

Courtesy the Nan Goldin and Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris and London.

Courtesy the Nan Goldin and Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris and London.

Courtesy the Nan Goldin and Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris and London.

Courtesy the Nan Goldin and Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris and London.

Courtesy the Nan Goldin and Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris and London.

But first: If you happened to be at the Guggenheim in New York City on one crowded February evening last winter, you would have witnessed one of the most confrontational, hauntingly honest pieces of activism in recent history: Nan Goldin—whose work is in the permanent collection of the institution—had taken over the main floor, enlisting a crowd of fellow protesters to send thousands of tiny "prescription" flyers down from the upper levels of the museum.

After recovering, she founded Prescription Addiction Intervention Now (PAIN), which has successfully staged protests along the lines of the die-in at the Guggenheim ever since. (Even after Goldin was arrested this past August, for protesting outside of Governor Cuomo’s New York office.

It’s a memorial to Goldin’s years lost to addiction, and the ways in which substance abuse alters and takes hold of one’s own memories—a bleak look into the past that doubles as a first, promising look at Goldin’s practice in the future.

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