Marilyn Minter is a talented photographer, painter and artist, who was born in 1948 in Shreveport, LA studied art at the University of Florida and currently based in New York, NY. Minter is best known for her hyperrealistic paintings and richly-colored photographs, which explores themes of sex, glamour, imperfection, and femininity. Her early work, primarily photo-realistic paintings of the 1970s and 1980s, responded to contemporary representations of women and women’s work, including paintings of spills on kitchen floors and reproductions of images found in cookbooks and women’s interest magazines. In 1989, she began her controversial series Porn Grids, large-scale paintings of hardcore pornography. As the artist has stated, she was attracted to this subject because she believed it was one that “women artists never owned.”
Minter’s later works examine the grotesque and the beautiful sides of fashion and glamour, often in uncomfortably close-up images of androgynous bodies covered in glitter, beads, or pearls. Many of her paintings derive from combinations of views she creates through her photographs.
In 2006, Minter’s photographs were transformed into billboards and placed around New York’s Chelsea, a project sponsored by the public art organization Creative Time. Her work has been exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Dia Art Foundation, and she was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.