‘MARILYN MINTER: PRETTY / DIRTY’ @ THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM

‘Blue Poles’ by Marilyn Minter, 2007. From a private collection, Switzerland.

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Running through April 2nd, 2017

Long before It-girl artists were exposing their body hair in NSFW pictures on Instagram, Marilyn Minter was using photographs, paintings and video to explore sexuality and beauty by getting up close and personal with the female body. Her visionary work is currently featured at the Brooklyn Museum in Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, the debut retrospective of her work.

‘Not In These Shoes’ by Marilyn Minter, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Running through April 2nd, 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.

On March 4th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, teen apprentices will host ten-minute discussions about works of art in the exhibition. On March 11th, from 2:00 – 3:00pm, Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham will give a talk on Marilyn Minter. The events are free with museum admission.

‘Coral Ridge (Mom Making Up)’ by Marilyn Minter, 1969. From the collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody.
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