Marilyn Minter’s work draws from the iconography of high-fashion editorials to explore the paradoxes inherent in the creation and perpetuation of beauty standards. In her photography and painting, Minter depicts the human form altered by the viewer's gaze and augmented by luxury goods and consumer beauty brands.
Marilyn Minter was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1948. The artist received an MFA in painting from Syracuse University in New York in 1972 and a BFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida in 1970.
Solo exhibitions of Minter’s work have taken place at: MoMA in New York City; the Brooklyn Museum in New York City; the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, California; among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Minter’s work have taken place at: the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in Massachusetts; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, CA; among others.
In 2006, Minter was included in the Whitney Biennial, and installed several billboards in Chelsea, New York City in collaboration with Creative Time. The artist’s video Green Pink Caviar was exhibited in the lobby of the MoMA from 2010–2011. The video was also shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California and on the Creative Time MTV billboard in Times Square in New York City.
In 2013, Minter was featured in Riotous Baroque, an exhibition that originated at the Kunsthaus Zürich and traveled to the Guggenheim Bilbao.
In 2015, Minter’s retrospective Pretty/Dirty opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas. Pretty/Dirty traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado, the Orange County Museum of Art in California and, finally, the Brooklyn Museum in New York City.
Minter is represented by Salon 94 in New York City, Regen Projects in Los Angeles, California and Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, Colorado.
Minter lives and works in New York City.