Nan Goldin and the Louvre
I know she's not a painter but Nan Goldin's Scopophilia at Gagosian in Rome mines paintings history. Goldin was provided access to the Louvre Museum's collection of painting and sculpture over several years and as might be expected she found the themes of sex, violence, rapture and despair, the themes she's engaged in her photographic work have also been explored throughout the history of painting and sculpture. Her work marries the the two time periods in large chromogenic prints, the work felt reductive, like this=that. I don't know if any painters are provided this type of unfettered access, the gallery's promotional material mentions 'private' access, I hope so, the results could be much more exciting.
|NAN GOLDIN, The Nap, 2010, Chromogenic print, 24 x 64 1/2 inches, © Nan Goldin|
|NAN GOLDIN, Chimera, 2013, Chromogenic print, 27 5/8 x 40 1/4 inches|