Marilyn Minter

Marilyn  Minter
In her works Marylin Minter immortalizes the fleeting moment of beauty where even imperfection, flaw and excess are necessary to confer new and interesting nuances. Alternating photography and painting the artist always moves in the same iconographic universe of fashion. The images however, are, emblematically grotesque and escape the game of the homologation of the fashion system. Both her enamels on metal and her photos investigate the diseases of the glamour world. Minter emphasizes ambiguous parts of the body framing them, distorting shapes and colors. So parts of the face are unrecognizable for the excess of make-up described as a mask of hypocrisy, jewled sandals that splash in mud, a model's teeth spotted with lipstick. While her extravagant photographic work mocks the easily identifiable world of fashion advertisement, her paintings amplified, by super glossy surfaces of shiny enamel, communicate a brutal and realistic feeling of lust and desire.
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Marilyn  Minter

Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter Biography

Marilyn Minter (born 1948) is an American artist currently living and working in New York City. Marilyn Minter has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005, the Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Les Rencontres d'Arles festival in 2007, France, OH in 2009, La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain in 2009, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH in 2010 and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany in 2011. Her video Green Pink Caviar was exhibited in the lobby of the MoMA for over a year, and was also shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in LA, and the Creative Time MTV billboard in Times Square, New York.

She has been included in numerous group exhibitions in museums all over the world. In 2006, Marilyn Minter was included in the Whitney Biennial, and in a collaboration with Creative Time she installed billboards all over Chelsea in New York city. In the spring of 2011 Minter had a solo exhibition at Team Gallery, New York. In 2009, she had a solo exhibit at Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Minter currently teaches in the MFA department at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has an upcoming solo show at Salon 94, New York, opening October 28, 2011.

Marilyn Minter Resumé

2009

Minter produced her second video "Green Pink Caviar" Variations of "Green Pink Caviar" video were shown on billboards in Times Square, New York city and in Los Angeles. Excerpts of the same video were used as the backdrop for the opening song in Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour. The full length version of the video was played in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art for more than a year.

2008

Minter collaborated with international skate/street wear brand Supreme to produce three limited edition skate decks.

2007

Minter's first retrospective monograph was published Minter had shows in Sweden, the U.K., Spain, and France. A series of photographs she took of Pamela Anderson, commissioned by the art quarterly Parkett, were later featured on the cover of Zoetrope: All-Story. Her book involved a heavy gloss, multi-colored paper making it feel almost wet, setting the book apart. She was presented at the Rencontres d'Arles festival, France. Laureate to the Discovery Award.

2006 

Minter was featured in the Whitney Bienniale, and in a partnership with Creative Time, Minter was given ad space on four billboards in Manhattan's Chelsea district. The billboards presented photographs of high heels kicking around in dirty water, and stayed up in Chelsea for a month.

2005

Minter had a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition focused on hyperrealistic close-ups of seemingly glamorous images, including makeup-laden lips, eyes, and toes.

1990

Minter produced her first video "100 Food Porn" This video was used as a television advertisement to promote her exhibition at the Simon Watson Gallery in New York. Minter used the gallery's art advertising budget to buy 30 seconds on late night television in lieu of traditional print ad's. This was the very first commercial to advertise an artists' show on late night television. She bought time slots on David Letterman, Arsenio Hall, and Nightline. (It cost $1,800 to buy a 30 second slot on David Letterman at that time.) "100 Food Porn" was shot and directed by NY documentary filmmaker Ted Haimes.

Through the 1990s she refined her works, which despite still having pornographic undertones, exuded a sense of glamour and high-fashion.

1989

Minter created a series of works based on images from hardcore pornography, she believes that nobody has politically correct fantasies. Minter thinks that women should have sexual imagery for their own pleasure. She reclaimed images from an abusive history asking the question, does it change the meaning if a woman uses these kinds of images. At the time this was a very complicated issue, and there were no simple answers. The timing was terrible as this was the pinnacle of political correctness.

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