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Cookie Laughing, NYC, 1985

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Cookie Laughing, NYC, 1985

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Nan Goldin
American, born 1953

Date

1985

Medium

Dye destruction print

Accession #

2005.337.14

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Nan Goldin’s “Cookie Portfolio,” comprising fifteen cibachrome prints, documents the artist’s intimate friendship with Cookie Mueller, who died of AIDS in 1989. Goldin recorded their thirteen-year relationship with her camera, creating a powerful and wide-ranging portrait of her friend’s rollercoaster lifestyle. Her visual approach is sensuous in its immediacy, and marked by a strong fusion of opulent, saturated colors illuminated with artificial light. Goldin’s preferred settings for the “Cookie” portraits were the interior spaces in which their private, personal dramas took place.

Credit

Gift of Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection