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Marilyn Minter: Pretty / Dirty

Essays by: 
Bill Arning, Elissa Auther

Texts by:
 Nick Flynn, K8 Hardy, Richard Hell, Colby Keller, Catherine Morris, Eileen Myles, Neville Wakefield, Jenni Sorkin

Artist Interview with Linda Yablonsky

Marilyn Minter is well known for her glossy, hyper-realistic paintings, photographs and video-works: seductive images that borrow the language of fashion and advertising photography, exploring the boundaries of desire, sensuality, and body-anxiety in the age of consumption. Close up images of mouths, feet, splashes and puddles, rendered in high gloss enamel on sheets of metal, seem to emanate from their surfaces and question the pathology of glamour.

Produced in conjunction with the first major major museum retrospective on her work, Marilyn Minter: Pretty / Dirty examines every period of the artist's storied 40 year career, from her beginnings with the controversial "Porno" paintings, initially rejected by the critical establishment, to her later large-scale, photorealistic works and assumption as one of today's most influential artists.

Major essays from the exhibition's curators, Contemporary Art Museum of Houston director Bill Arning, and Museum of Contemporary Art Denver curator Elissa Auther, examine the trajectory of Minter's development, and her continued engagement with the political debate over the representation of the female body. Texts from a wide variety of musicians, artists, writers and curators speak to Minter's wide-ranging influence and significance: reflections from the likes of artist K8 Hardy, musician and author Richard Hell, and poet Eileen Myles, as well as an artist interview with writer Linda Yablonsky.

Fully illustrated with hundreds of full-color reproductions, and with a complete biography and bibliography, Marilyn Minter: Pretty / Dirty charts a new perspective on the career of this exciting and continually evolving artist.


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston:

04/17/15 - 07/19/15
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver:

09/01/15 - 12/01/15
Orange County Museum of Art

05/15/16 - 08/28/16
Brooklyn Museum:

Fall 2016 - January 2017
Nerman Museum, Kansas City:

Feb-April, 2017

Hardcover, 9 x 11 inches, fully illustrated

ISBN: 9781941366042
Spring 2015

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