Aperture 239 - Summer 2020


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Few works have impacted the world of photography like Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Aperture magazine returns to this iconic work with “Ballads,” a special issue featuring an exclusive interview with Goldin as well as a section curated by the artist dedicated to her influences. 

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The Ballads issue of Aperture magazine is organized around the themes contained within the original ballad—intimacy, friendship, community, love, sex, trauma, music—while also honoring the urgent role of the artist as a force for cultural and social change.

Few works have impacted the world of photography like Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Published by Aperture in 1986, The Ballad retains an uncommon power with its unflinching portrayal of friends, lovers, and relationships—a dramatic opera of joy and despair. Decades on, influencing new generations of artists. Goldin herself remains a bold, singular force in our culture. Aperture magazine returns to an iconic work with “Ballads,” a special issue featuring an exclusive interview with Goldin as well as a section curated by the artist dedicated to her influences.
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 136
Publication date: 2020-06-09
Measurements: 9.25 x 12 x 0.6 inches
ISBN: 9781597114844

Significant support for Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation. Further generous support is provided in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and Selina Chelsea.

Table Of Contents


Agenda: Exhibitions to See
Marion Palfi, Trevor PaglenPhoto / Brut, Working Together 


Brian Wallis on Leonard Freed and the New York police 


Day Jobs
Nicole Acheampong on Ming Smith as a beauty model 


Eva Díaz on womens hands and the labor of editing


The Ballad of Nan Goldin 
The legendary photographer reflects on art, addiction, and activism

A Conversation with Darryl Pinckney 

The Original Ballad 
The making of a groundbreaking photobook

Marvin Heiferman in Conversation with Elle Pérez 

Speeding Along the Edge 
Jack Pierson, Mark Morrisroe, and the search for a queer utopia

by Evan Moffitt 

The Evocative Years 
Libuše Jarcovjákovás vivid chronicle of Pragues subcultures

by Alistair ONeill 

A Fold in Time 
David Wojnarowicz and the radical archives of the Fales Library 

by Olivia Laing 

Out of Sheer Rage  
How can art and film become forms of protest?

by Lauren ONeill-Butler 

A World Without Men 
The Japanese photographers who dared to be girly

by Moeko Fujii 

Film Studies 
Nan Goldins imprint on cinema and television

by Rebecca Bengal  

Surface Tension 
In fashion images, a quest for the truth

by Lou Stoppard


Feast for My Eyes 
A pantheon of influences by Nan Goldin  

Pablo Bartholomew 
Introduction by Skye Arundhati Thomas

Sunny Suits
Introduction by Jesse Dorris 

Daragh Soden 
Introduction by Colin Barrett 

Liz Johnson Artur
Introduction by Kareem Reid

Abdul Kircher 
Introduction by Lovia Gyarkye 

Clifford Prince King 
Introduction by Marjon Carlos 

Introduction by Xuan Juliana Wang


Object Lessons
David Wojnarowiczs One Day This Kid1990 

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