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Goldin, Nan. THE OTHER SIDE: 1972-1992. Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 1993. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 142 pages. Fine/Fine.

Exhibition catalog presented as an Artist Book. One of Nan Goldin's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original. The edition is now very scarce. A brilliant production by Nan Goldin and Scalo: Oversize-volume format. Hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Nan Goldin. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Zurich, Switzerland to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition, "Nan Goldin 1972-1992", held at the daadGalerie Berlin in September and October, 1992. Celebrates the breaking of sexual boundaries by transgenders and transsexuals whom Nan Goldin met and befriended in New York, Boston, Berlin, Paris, Bangkok, and Manila, world centers of sexual experimentation and resistance. Perhaps inescapably so, the subjects are all biologically male. There are extremely few women who believe that they are men trapped in women's bodies (Chastity Bono is the most well-known example in the United States). It seems as though women have mostly chosen to express their gender and sexual orientations through simple (and painless) transvestism: There are far more women than men everywhere who are lifelong - rather than occasional or ceremonial - transvestites, wearing only men's clothes all their lives; the list among Hollywood, Washington, and corporate personalities is very long indeed. Women are also able to express their ambisexuality through muscle development ("body-building"), of whom the most celebrated remains Lady Lisa Lyon. "Straight", "gay", and even "bisexual" are by now convenient labels that fail to capture (and actively deny) the fluidity of human sexuality. "Transgender" and "transsexual" are living concepts, embodied by real human beings. It is not a coincidence that the first word that comes to mind about them is "transgressive". "The title is taken from a Boston club that Goldin first visited in 1972. Goldin has explained that her photography is foremost an attempt to represent her own life. Indeed, in spite of the lush and subtle color and careful proportion of these images, they maintain a feel of family snapshots. This apparent paradox in her intentions is the very value of her work: The ability to show difference not as exotic or separate or exclusionary but as everyday and real and integrated" (Eric Bryant). "These photographs combat moralistic bullshit. I admire her spirit, and I admire her art" (Susan Sontag). "This book is about new possibilities and transcendence. The people in these pictures are truly revolutionary. They are the real winners of the battle of the sexes because they have stepped out of the ring" (Nan Goldin). A "must-have" title for Nan Goldin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in blue pen underneath her flyleaf portrait (which was taken by fellow photographer David Armstrong) by Nan Goldin. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Nan Goldin's "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" is regarded as the most important photography book since "Diane Arbus". One of the most influential living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NAN GOLDIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3905080389. $300.00

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