Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter, Barbed, 2004, C-print, 52" x 39"


Marilyn Minter, Climber, 2005, C-print, 50" x 36"


Marilyn Minter, Bubblegum, 2005, C-print, 50" x 36"

Marilyn Minter, Lilyputti, 2006, Enamel on metal, 24" x 24"


Marilyn Minter, Gimme, 2008, C-print, 36" x 50"

Marilyn Minter, Spyder, 2006, C-print, 86" x 60"


Marilyn Minter, Manicure, 2004, C-print, 52" x 39"

Marilyn Minter, Goldi, 2004, C-print, 52" x 39"

Marilyn Minter, Deep Throat, 2004, C-print, 52" x 39"


Marilyn Minter biography, courtesy of wikipedia:

Minter was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Florida in an upper-middle-class household. As an undergraduate at the University of Florida, Minter took photographs of her mother that drew the attention of visiting instructor Diane Arbus.

Minter moved to New York City in 1976, after earning a master of fine arts degree at Syracuse University. She became involved in the nightclub scene in Manhattan 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 human 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 Art, 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 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, 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.

Her photographs and works often include sexuality and erotic imagery. Her method of painting involves many coatings of translucent enamel paint on metal to produce a luminous, almost hallucinatory finish. Her photographs are all taken in order to create a painting, yet sometimes she uses the photograph as is, without converting it. She does not use a graphic-editing program on her images, nor does she crop them, but rather uses different aspects of the image to create the painting.

“I think that whenever you make something that looks good, people want to underestimate it. They immediately want to dismiss it. If it looks really good, there’s an automatic rejection. But it doesn’t really matter, because I know that these paintings are going to look good in 20 or 30 or 50 years. So if people don’t get it now, they’re going to get it sooner or later. "

To see more of her work, click here.


39 comments:

Fresh Paper said...

wow, I've never heard of her, but Shrevepor, LA is not that far from me. I want to see her paintings.

Fresh Paper said...

i'm dumb, one of those was a painting, talk about photorealism!

down and out chic said...

these make me skirmish, my first though was chicken pox. is that weird?

miriam said...

wow, that's quite some CV she's got there!

Char said...

it has always interested me the people that do not alter their images in any way. even ansel adams dodged and burned in the lightroom and so many things go into staging the shot. it's like a painter never going back and changing a stroke once he/she places it on the canvas. its a subtle condemnation when all I may do is crop or the whatnot.

still the images are great.

Pop Champagne said...

wow those pictures are quite edgy! It's not very often you hear photographers not enhencing their picture with photoshop either :)

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Cheers to photshop I'd say...delicious images for the day!
PS: I saw your pic darling(your rare 80s w your sists), you are beautiful babe!!! ~XO* as always!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

These are gorgeous. But I would not want to be her model.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

The barbed one is outrageous...so graphic!

Diane said...

very niiiiice!

Absolutely Not Martha said...

and i was just going to take my lunch break now--'was' being the key word here.

diane said...

I'm with down and out chic, I thought some of these looked a little...gross.
I love the one with the babies face & the pearls.

Hanako66 said...

I love that these are so vibrant and a little disturbing....beautiful.

...love Maegan said...

i love them. . .. the painting blows my mind.

sandra said...

just one thing to say- BEAUTIFUL!

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Interesting. I'd love to see her work with her drug addicted mother.

g. said...

I really like her work, some appealed more tha others, but it is all striking.

Missy said...

Great post! I have tagged you if you want to play along!

♥-Qamarel-♥ said...

Oh, nice picuteres : DD

being red said...

these are gorgeous and almost cross that line of inappropriate. hahaaa they're great!

apriliniowa said...

I am loving the 'Climber' pics. There's something very raw and sexual going on in her photographs. Might have to check out the series on her mother now. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth Marie said...

First I was skeeeeeved out, but upon a second look...love them. I like manicure the best. Kinda like what happens when I try to do my own nails. Badabing! Jokes!

I want to work in an art gallery. Are you guys hiring? I'm artsy!

Or I think I just want to stalk you.

ASSHOLE BOYFRIEND said...

Minter is my kind of gal.

thereddeer said...

They all make me feel a bit uncomfortable for some reason. But interesting works.

Awesome Sara said...

these pics are stunning. its like ho las vegas should be full of sin, nice teeth, glitter, booze, heels, sex, magic.

alissa said...

i realy like the close up of the eye - with glittery eye shadow. i like hearing the story behind her - the details you might not know if you just saw the work

Hannah said...

I love the grotesque quality some of these have.

Diana said...

is this the photographer you told me about? i can't remember the name, i have to look back at my email, but if it is, girl, you are dead on for saying i would love her. if not, i love her anyways!

The Cottage Cheese said...

These are fascinating. (But I must say one or two of the images freak me out a little, the others are quite cool).

Magic Pants Jones said...

Gorgeous stuff!

Chris said...

Interesting work.... It's definitely edgy and sexual in nature, yet it's really interesting to me too.

issye margaretha kamal said...

wow . fantastic . nice blog :)

*hope we can be friends .
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The Haute-Shopper said...

I think her art works are pretty amazing and beautiful in their own way. I think it's interesting she puts a different twist on otherwise simple shots, but there's a lot of texture in these shots and the angle helps give a bit of drama.

K @ Blog Goggles said...

P.S. I tagged you!

clorivak said...

those are rather hot and bothering...or is that me?? :P

erin@designcrisis said...

So embarrassed that I have an mfa, taught photography, and had never heard of her.

Thank gawd for the wonders for the internets! I learn something new every day.

Chessa! said...

wow. incredible. so sexy and timeless.

Stacy said...

ive never heard of her before now but the photographs are incredible - i especially like the 2nd and 3rd ones!

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Keeley said...

Love, love, love Minter!