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Marilyn Minter (born 1948) is an American artist currently living and working in New York Citymarker.

Early life

Minter was born in Shreveportmarker, Louisianamarker, and raised in Floridamarker in an upper-middle-class household. As an undergraduate at the University of Floridamarker, Minter took photographs of her mother.

Minter moved to New York City in 1976, after earning a master of fine arts degree at Syracuse Universitymarker. She became involved in the nightclub scene in Manhattanmarker of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also taught in a Catholic boys' school. In 1985 she began working in art again.

While still a student in Florida, Marilyn Minter created a series of photographic studies that involved her drug-addicted mother, which is now praised. Through the 1980s, she explored Pop-derived pictures often incorporating sexuality, setting the tone for many of her works.

In 1989 Minter created a series of works based on images from hardcore pornography. She received much criticism for this from feminists who saw it as an expression of the victimization and objectification of women, rather than a statement on the absurdity of such images.

In 1990, her infamy intensified when her television ad, 100 Food Porn came out. Through the 1990s she refined her works, which despite still having pornographic undertones, exuded a sense of glamour and high-fashion.

In 2005 Minter had a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Artmarker, which focused on her recent works - hyperrealistic close-ups of seemingly glamourous images, including makeup-laden lips, eyes, and toes.

March 2006 Minter took out 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. Minter also had a spot in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

In 2007, her first retrospective monograph was published, and she had shows in Swedenmarker, the U.K.marker, Spainmarker, and Francemarker. 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, mutli-colored paper making it feel almost wet, setting the book apart.

In 2008 Marylin Minter collaborated with international skate/street wear brand Supreme to produce three limited edition skate decks.

In 2009, excerpts from Minter's "Green Pink Caviar" video were used as the video backdrop for the opening song in Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour.


Her photographs and works often include sexuality and erotic imagery. Minter begins her process by staging photo shoots with film. She uses conventionlal darkroom processes. She does not crop or digitally manipulate her photographs. Her paintings, on the other hand, are made by combining negatives in photoshop to make a whole new image. This new image is then turned into paintings created through the layering of enamel paint on aluminum. Minter and her assistants work directly from this newly created digital image. The last layer is applied with fingertips to create a modeling or softening of the paintbrush lines.


Marilyn Minter, Gregory R. Miller & Co., 2007 ISBN 9780974364865

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