Marilyn Minter (born 1948) is an American artist currently living and working in New York City. Minter's work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in group exhibitions in museums all over the world. In 2006, Marilyn Minter was included in the Whitney Biennial, and installed several billboards in Chelsea, New York City in collaboration with Creative Time. Her video Green Pink Caviar was exhibited in the lobby of the MoMA from 2010-2011. It was also shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in L.A. and on the Creative Time MTV billboard in Times Square, New York. 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, TX. Pretty/Dirty traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, the Orange Country Museum of Art, and finally the Brooklyn Museum in November 2016. Minter is represented by Salon 94, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen.
All the proceeds from Marilyn Minter’s Muff Editions 2021, produced by Her Clique, will benefit Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides sexual health care in the United States and globally.
“It all started when writer and curator Neville Wakefield was appointed creative director of special projects at Playboy magazine and asked me if I wanted to contribute something. At the time, I was teaching grad students at the School of Visual Arts and was upset to hear some of them talking about full-body laser hair removal. I have lived through enough trends and I pointed out that "fashion is fleeting, laser is forever." Then I thought, maybe if I make beautiful photos and paintings of pubic hair for a generation who has never seen it, I can change hearts and minds. We found amateur models of all different races, and I shot them over a period of a few months. Playboy paid for everything but, when the art director saw the pictures, they hated them. I still really wanted to make a case for bringing pubic hair back, so I decided to make a whole series that would be beautiful enough to put in your living room,” Marilyn Minter about the inspiration behind the works.
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