b. 1948, United States

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

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Untitled (Mary Margaret Portrait) by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork painting
Marilyn Minter Untitled (Mary Margaret Portrait), 2020 Enamel on metal
182.9 x 121.9 x 5.33 cm
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Red White and Blue by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork painting
Marilyn Minter Red White and Blue, 2022-23 Enamel on metal
76.2 x 101.6 cm
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Shy by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork painting
Marilyn Minter Shy, 2023 Enamel on metal
121.9 x 91.4 cm
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Lucent by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork painting
Marilyn Minter Lucent, 2023 Enamel on metal
182.9 x 121.9 cm
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Jasmine Odalisque by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Marilyn Minter Jasmine Odalisque, 2021–2023 Enamel on metal
213.4 x 142.2 cm
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To a T by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork mixed media
Marilyn Minter To a T, 2018 Enamel on metal
121.9 x 91.4 x 5.7 cm
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Indigo by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork print
Marilyn Minter Indigo, 2018 Dye sublimation print
101.6 x 76.2 cm
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Twilight by Marilyn Minter contemporary artwork print
Marilyn Minter Twilight, 2011 Dye sublimation print
152.4 x 113 cm
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Lévy Gorvy Dayan contemporary art gallery in New York, United States
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