The Easel

The Original Ballad

The fêted Ballad of Sexual Dependency chronicles a New York subculture. Its potency comes from its “incredible picture maker” (Nan Goldin) as well as the universality of its topic – relationships. “Who are these people? What’s happening to them? There’s the lush color. People have called [it] “operatic”. People’s Instagram feeds are their versions of The Ballad.”