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b. 1948 Shreveport, Louisiana
Lives and works in New York

Marilyn Minter is a contemporary American artist whose personal brand of Photorealist painting examines contemporary notions of beauty. Minter appropriates the aesthetics of high-fashion editorials, to depict cropped bodies laden with jewels, dirt, and couture accessories, as seen in her work Frostbite (2006). “When I think about my work, I mostly think about the paradox that goes on when you look at these images," she has said. “How much pleasure glamour gives us but at the same time, how we know we'll never look like that, and even [models] don't look like that. There's this constant distortion that's happening between all of us—men and women—there's a sense of failure. But at the same time, all of this pleasure.”

Born in Shreveport, LA in 1948, and went on to receive her BA from the University of Florida at Gainesville and an MFA from Syracuse University in 1972. Moving to New York in 1978, the artist utilized her skills in both in photography and painting to capture banal scenes featuring nudity, food, and fashion. Minter first found artistic popularity in the early 1990s, and has been featured in a number of major solo exhibitions, including “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty,” which travelled from the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston to the Brooklyn Museum between 2015 and 2016. The artist currently lives and works in New York, NY. Today, her works are held in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others.



1972             MFA, Painting, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

1970              BFA, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL



 2021          Betty and Marilyn, Montpellier Contemporain, Montpelier, France

 2020          Marilyn Minter: Nasty Woman, SCAD, Savannah, GA

 2019           Marilyn Minter, Simon Lee Gallery, London, United Kingdom

 2018           Marilyn Minter, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong, China
                    Marilyn Minter: Smash + New Photographs, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
                    Channel 3, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
                    Marilyn Minter, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA 

 2017          Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

 2016          Marilyn Minter, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY 
                   Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA 

2015           I’m not much but I’m all that I think about, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO Marilyn Minter:                       Pretty/Dirty, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
                   Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

 2013          Marilyn Minter, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA

 2011          Marilyn Minter, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY
                   Marilyn Minter, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
                   Paintings From the 80’s, Team Gallery, New York NY

2010            7th Annual Alt Picture Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA Orange Crush, Museum                        of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
                    Green Pink Caviar, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

 2009           Marilyn Minter, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
                    La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain
                    Chewing Color, Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH 
                    Green Pink Caviar, Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY

 2008           The Pam Show, Andrehn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

 2006           Marilyn Minter, Salon 94 Gallery, New York, NY
                   Marilyn Minter, Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach, FL
                    Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
                    Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland 

2005           San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
                   Voges and Partner, Frankfurt, Germany

2004            Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
                   Andrehn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2003            Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, NY

2001            Thaddeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, France

2000            Andrehn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm
                    XL Xavier La Boulbenne, New York, NY

1998            Galleri Index, Stockholm, Sweden
                    XL Xavier La Boulbenne, New York, NY
1997             XL Xavier La Boulbenne, New York, NY

1995            Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY
                    Tri Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                    Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

1992             Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY
                     John C. Stoller & Co., Minneapolis, MN

1991              Greenberg Gallery, Saint Louis, MO
                      Meyers/Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1990               Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY
                      Simon Watson Gallery, New York, NY

1989               Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, England

1988               White Columns, New York, NY

1986               Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, NY (in collaboration with Christoff Kohlhoffer)

1984               Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, NY (in collaboration with Christoff Kohlhoffer)

1975               Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY


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