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b. 1948, USA

Marilyn Minter Biography

The images in Marilyn Minter’s paintings, photographs, and videos are among the most immediately recognisable being made today. They are also among the more politically charged. Minter drags together the clichés of fashion photography and soft pornography in an amalgam that is as troubling as it is alluring.

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Despite the stylistic changes in a career that now spans more than four decades, Minter's perennial subject matter has been the complex networks of relationships that exist between women’s lives and the world that surrounds them. From frankly disturbing photographs of her drug-addled mother that she took when she was still a student, through her series of infamous paintings based on hard-core pornography, through her Plush photographs that glamorised pubic hair, to her most recent large-scale high-keyed paintings of women licking steamy glass, Minter has never shied away from the paradoxical nature of sexuality. 

Throughout her career Minter's work has been given further substance by its engagement with private and public politics. This has been reflected in her recurrent efforts to present her work in more easily accessible situations than galleries or museums. In 1990, she produced a television ad that ran on late night network television for her exhibition 100 Food Porn which took place at the Simon Watson Gallery (1 November – 1 December), in 2006 she worked with Creative Time to present her paintings on enormous billboards, and she worked with Miley Cyrus and Marc Jacobs to produce a t-shirt to support Planned Parenthood, the 100-year-old nonprofit organisation that is the largest single provider of reproductive health services, including abortion, in the United States.

Minter’s career retrospective Marilyn Minter: Pretty/ Dirty (which had previously been seen at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (18 April – 2 August, 2015), Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (18 September, 2015 – 31 January, 2016), and the Orange County Museum of Art (2 April - 10 July, 2016)) opened to public at the Brooklyn Museum on 4 November 2016.

Robert Ayers | Ocula | 2017

Marilyn Minter Featured Artworks

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Thigh Gap by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork
Marilyn MinterThigh Gap, 2016Enamel on metal
182.88 x 219.71 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
To a T by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork
Marilyn MinterTo a T, 2018Enamel on metal
121.9 x 91.4 x 5.7 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Indigo by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork
Marilyn MinterIndigo, 2018Dye sublimation print
101.6 x 76.2 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Twilight by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork
Marilyn MinterTwilight, 2011Dye sublimation print
152.4 x 113 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Tilt by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork
Marilyn MinterTilt, 2018Enamel on metal
121.9 x 75.6 x 5.7 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Deep Frost by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork
Marilyn MinterDeep Frost, 2016Enamel on metal
219.7 x 182.9 x 3.2 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Last Sleepy Angel by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork
Marilyn MinterLast Sleepy Angel, 2017Dye sublimation print
152.4 x 114.3 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery

Marilyn Minter Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–30 September 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS ParkettZurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, all the women. in me. are tired. at The Club, Tokyo
Closed
25 January–5 March 2020 Group Exhibition all the women. in me. are tired. The ClubTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Marilyn Minter, Marilyn Minter at Simon Lee Gallery, London
Closed
6 June–13 July 2019 Marilyn Minter Simon Lee GalleryLondon

Marilyn Minter Represented By

Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 536 West 22nd Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, Seoul

Marilyn Minter In Ocula Magazine

Marilyn Minter Ocula Conversation Marilyn Minter By Robert Ayers, New York

The art world eats you up, and then it just spits you out.

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Marilyn Minter In Related Press

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‘We Are Family’: Aperture Fetes Agnes and Catherine Gund, Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas, Catherine Opie at Fall Gala Related Press ‘We Are Family’: Aperture Fetes Agnes and Catherine Gund, Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas, Catherine Opie at Fall Gala 5 November 2018, ARTnews

Last week, during the Aperture Foundation's fall gala at a cavernous space in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, Marilyn Minter turned to Catherine Opie while the two artists stood onstage together, and said, "I wish you would adopt me." Opie, not missing a beat, deadpanned back, "Can I swaddle you, then?"

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The Striking Election-Season Billboards That Are Also Art Related Press The Striking Election-Season Billboards That Are Also Art 8 October 2018, Vanity Fair

The billboards going up around the country this week will have a familiar message for this midterm election: Vote. But featuring images of protests and reminders of the 2016 election, produced by some of the country's best-known artists, the billboards—one for each of the 50 states—will look nothing like your average political...

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Artist Marilyn Minter: 'Donald Trump Is A Monster' Related Press Artist Marilyn Minter: 'Donald Trump Is A Monster' 4 October 2018, Hong Kong Tatler

When I call Marilyn Minter in her New York studio, she is not painting, taking photos or doing any of the things you might expect of an artist preparing for their first solo show in Asia. Instead, she is planning a protest.

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Marilyn Minter's provocative new works re-imagine classic female bathers Related Press Marilyn Minter's provocative new works re-imagine classic female bathers 13 September 2018, CNN

'There would be no Internet without pornography,' proclaimed New York-based Marilyn Minter, whose art has challenged notions of femininity since the 1970s. 'And (porn) is one of the huge engines of the culture.'

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Marilyn Minter In Video & Audio

Marilyn Minter - Lecture at Asia Society Hong Kong Related Video & Audio Marilyn Minter - Lecture at Asia Society Hong Kong 28 November 2018, Asia Society Hong Kong

On 29 August 2018, at the Asia Society in Hong Kong, artist Marilyn Minter gave an evening lecture. The artist was visiting the city on the occasion of her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong (30 August–27 October 2018), which took place at Lehmann Maupin's space in the Pedder Building. During the lecture, the artist introduced her recent paintings...

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