Marilyn Minter is an American photographer and visual artist known for her vibrant, large-scale artworks. She has been an influential figure in contemporary art since the 1980s.
Minter was born in 1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She received her BFA from Louisiana State University in 1971, and her MFA from Syracuse University in 1973. After graduating, she moved to New York City and quickly became involved in the vibrant East Village art scene. Her work was featured in the landmark exhibition “New Image Painting” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1979, which helped launch her career.
Minter’s work is often rooted in her personal experiences as a woman. Her artwork is characterized by its vibrant colors, painterly textures, and bold imagery. She often combines photography, painting, and digital media to create her artworks. Her iconic works include her “Plush” series from the 1990s which featured close-up images of women’s hands caressing velvet-textured surfaces. She has also created a series of large-scale abstract paintings on metal, in which she has combined colorful liquid paint with industrial materials.
Minter’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. In 2007, she was the subject of a major retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others.
Minter is also a sought-after director. She has created music videos for artists such as Elton John, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. Her short film “Green Pink Caviar” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. In 2017, she released her first feature-length documentary, “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty.”
Minter has also been a committed advocate for the rights of women in the art world. She is the founder of the advocacy group “Cover Girls,” which works to support and promote female artists. She has also been an outspoken critic of the art world’s gender imbalance, advocating for greater recognition of female artists.
Marilyn Minter is one of the most influential artists of her generation. Her work has pushed the boundaries of photography and painting, and has helped to bring art to a broader audience. Her