Marilyn Minter: Pretty Dirty

Marilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Blue Poles, 2007

This exhibition contains sexually explicit content and may not be suitable for all audiences, including minors. Viewer discretion is advised.

Marilyn Minter’s sensual paintings, photographs, and videos vividly explore complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the feminine body in American culture. She trains a critical eye on the power of desire, questioning the fashion industry’s commercialization of sex and the body. Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty is the first retrospective of her work.

Spanning more than four decades, the exhibition begins with the artist’s earliest artworks, from 1969 through 1986, including rarely exhibited photographs as well as paintings incorporating photorealist and Pop art techniques. It continues with works from the late 1980s and 1990s that examine visual pleasure in visceral depictions of food and sex. The exhibition culminates in Minter’s ongoing investigation of how the beauty industry expertly creates and manipulates desire through images.

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty is co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Curator, and Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.

The accompanying book is published by Gregory R. Miller & Company, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

This exhibition is supported by generous grants from Gregory R. Miller & Co.; Amy and John Phelan; Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn/Salon 94, New York; and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. Generous support for the Brooklyn Museum presentation is provided by The Fuhrman Family Foundation; Amy and John Phelan; the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan and Patrick Scanlan; the Taylor Foundation; Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch; The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; Salon 94, New York; Maharam; Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz; Sherry Brous and Douglas Oliver; Richard Edwards and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen; Christina and Emmanuel Di Donna; Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson; Linda and Gregory Fischbach; Danielle and David Ganek; Dominique Lévy and Dorothy Berwin; the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation; Regen Projects; Richard B. Sachs; Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros Foundation; Fern and Lenard Tessler; Isabella and Theodor Dalenson; Emily Glasser and William Susman; Gregory R. Miller and Michael Wiener; Antinori Wines; Barbara and Michael Gamson; and Richard and Beth Heller.

Excerpt from, “Marilyn Minter: Pretty Dirty” Written by Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing