Advertisement

Cult Skating Label Supreme Collaborates with Photographer Nan Goldin for Latest Collection

New hoodies and skateboard decks will feature images from Goldin’s 1986 The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

Courtesy: Nan Goldin and Supreme

Courtesy: Nan Goldin and Supreme

Courtesy: Nan Goldin and Supreme

Skate label and fashion brand Supreme are collaborating with photographer Nan Goldin for their latest artist series. New t-shirts, hoodies and skateboard decks released on 29 March will feature photography from Goldin’s book The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, first published in 1986 – a record of her life and friends after she left home at 14 to join a commune, documenting downtown New York caught in the grip of the AIDS crisis.

Supreme said that the iconic photographer’s work ‘comes from an era where the subjects she documented were taboo by society’s standards. To do this project with Nan Goldin is to celebrate the diversity her work represents and expose young people to it.’

Supreme is well known for collaborations throughout its 24 year history, a fact Bjarne Melgaarde teasingly pointed to in his 2017 fashion line Suprem(e) – an imagined collaboration between Supreme and critical theory publisher Semiotex(e) with varsity jackets emblazoned with ‘Kathy Acker’ and ‘Tiqqun editions’, or the title of Chris Kraus’s art world novella I Love Dick (1997) in Supreme's Futura font. Barbara Kruger has also engaged in a long standing feud with the label for their appropriation of her text-based work.

Goldin has been making headlines recently with her campaign against descendants of Raymond and Mortimer Sackler – owners of the opioid-manufacturing Purdue Pharma – and cultural institutions which have accepted their philanthropy. Earlier this month Goldin led 100 protestors into the Met’s Sackler Wing, chanting ‘Sacklers Lie, People Die’, staging a ‘die-in’ in the gallery.

In a recent op-ed for frieze, writer Rafia Zakaria looks at what Goldin’s protesting of the Purdue Pharma-owning Sacklers’s complicity in the US opioid crisis tells us about arts patronage.

Advertisement

Most Read

In a Victorian-era baths in Glasgow, the artist stages her largest performance project to date, featuring a 24-woman...
In further news: UK class gap impacting young people’s engagement with the arts; Uffizi goes digital; British Museum...
Italian politicians want to censor the artist’s poster for a sailing event, which reads ‘We’re all in the same boat’
A newly-published collection of the artist’s journals allows silenced voices to speak
The arrest of the photojournalist for ‘provocative comments’ over Dhaka protests makes clear that personal liberty...
The auction house insists that there is a broad scholarly consensus that the record-breaking artwork be attributed to...
‘We need more advocates across gender lines and emphatic leaders in museums and galleries to create inclusive,...
In further news: artists rally behind detained photographer Shahidul Alam; crisis talks at London museums following...
Criticism of the show at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest comes alongside a nationalist reshaping of the...
A retrospective at Munich’s Museum Brandhorst charts the artist’s career from the 1980s to the present, from ‘fem-trash...
At the National Theatre of Wales, a performance alive with wild, tactile descriptions compels comparison between the...
There are perils in deploying bigotry to score political points, but meanings also shift from West to East
‘It’s ridiculous. It’s Picasso’: social media platform to review nudity policy after blocking Montreal Museum of Fine...
The first public exhibition of a 15th-century altar-hanging prompts the question: who made it?
Poland’s feminist ‘Bison Ladies’ storm the Japanese artist’s Warsaw exhibition in solidarity with longtime model Kaori’...
An art historian and leading Leonardo expert has cast doubt on the painting’s attribution
How will the Black Panther writer, known for his landmark critical assessments of race, take on the quintessential...
The dissident artist has posted a series of videos on Instagram documenting diggers demolishing his studio in the...
In further news: artists for Planned Parenthood; US court rules on Nazi-looted Cranachs; Munich’s Haus der Kunst...
A mother’s death, a father’s disinterest: Jean Frémon’s semi-factual biography of the artist captures a life beyond...
Jostling with its loud festival neighbours, the UK’s best attended annual visual art festival conducts a polyphonic...
It’s not clear who destroyed the project – part of the Liverpool Biennial – which names those who have died trying to...
Dating from 1949 to the early 1960s, the works which grace the stately home feel comfortable in the ostentatious pomp...
Nods to the game in World Cup celebrations show how dance has gone viral – but unwittingly instrumentalized for...

On View

Latest Magazines

frieze magazine

April 2018

frieze magazine

May 2018

frieze magazine

June - August 2018