12 Marilyn Minter Artworks that Will Change How You See Beauty

by BUST Magazine

Artist Marilyn Minter’s work finds the line between gorgeous and unsettling — and stays there, making for a fascinating experience. In the first retrospective of her work, titled Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, the Brooklyn Museum shows over four decades’ worth of Minter’s work. Their description puts it best:

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.

We brought you one of Minter’s works — ‘Torrent’ — in BUST’s February/March 2017 issue. And thanks to the Brooklyn Museum, we’re bringing you even more here. For more info, check out the Brooklyn Museum’s website and, if you’re in the area, please stop by and view the art for yourself before the exhibit ends on May 7th, 2017.

TorrentMarilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Torrent, 2013 Enamel on metal, 96 x 60 in. (243.8 x 152.4 cm). Private collection, Palm Beach, Florida

100 Food Porn 9Marilyn Minter (American, born 1948). 100 Food Porn #9, 1989-90. Enamel on metal, 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm). Hort Family Collection

ArmpitMarilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Armpit, 2006. C-print, 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Black OrchidMarilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Black Orchid, 2012. C-print, 86 x 57 in. (218.4 x 144.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Blue PolesMarilyn Minter (American, bo 1948). Blue Poles, 2007. Enamel on metal, 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm). Private collection, Switzerland

Coral Ridge Towers Mom Making UpMarilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Coral Ridge Towers (Mom Making Up) , 1969. Gelatin silver print, sheet 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody

Rouge Baiser croppedMarilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Rouge Baiser, 1994. Enamel on metal, 48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

SoiledMarilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Soiled, 2000. C-print, 60 x 40 in. (152 x 101.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

 Marilyn Minter DrizzleMarilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Drizzle (Wangechi Mutu), 2010. enamel on metal, 96 x 60 in. (243.8 x 152.4 cm). Holzer Family Collection Glazed croppedMarilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Glazed, 2006. Enamel on metal, 96 x 60 in. (243.8 x 152.4 cm). Collection of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Nicholas Rohatyn, New York

Green Pink Caviar StillMarilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Still from Green Pink Caviar, 2009. HD digital video, 7 min, 45 sec. Courtesy of artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regan Projects, Los Angeles

Top image: Marilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Orange Crush, 2009. Enamel on metal, 108 x 180 in. (274.3 x 457.2 cm). Private collection.

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