Scopophilia, the title of photographer Nan Goldin's latest exhibit at Matthew Marks, means "the love of looking." In 2010, Goldin was given permission to photograph throughout the Louvre while the museum was closed. Consisting of over 400 images, Scopophilia juxtaposes famed artworks from the Louvre's collection alongside autobiographical pictures of Goldin's friends and lovers. New photographs of paintings and sculptures from the institution and photos taken throughout Goldin's prolific career are grouped together into a mesmerizing 25-minute slide installation.
Organized into themes of love and desire, Goldin explains, "Desire awoken by images is the project's true starting point. It is about the idea of taking a picture of a sculpture or a painting in an attempt to bring it to life," (from the show's press release). Goldin succeeds spectacularly -- her photographs of sculptures look alive, her pairings of classic paintings with her contemporary portraits are striking, and her slide-show is compelling (I watched it twice). Goldin's Scopophilia will give you "the love of looking" too. Learn more at Matthewmarks.com. Through December 23rd.