In true artist form, Marilyn Minter’s work has intentionally, or unintentionally, created controversy, which is genius either way. Since the beginning of her career, she has vexed the critics and public alike with her interesting compositions of hyper-realistic paintings of the female form–to lipsticked smeared lips, to high-heeled feet, to full-color, full-blown provocative images of female pubic hair. Through all of her mediums, Minter is able interpret our deepest impulses, compulsions and fantasies in a hyper-real fashion. Almost like holding up a mirror of our “bling-ed” out culture and purposely shining it right in our eyes.
For over three decades Marilyn Minter has produced lush paintings, photographs, and videos that vividly manifest our culture’s complex and contradictory emotions around the feminine body and beauty. Her unique works bring into sharp, critical focus the power of desire.
As an artist Minter has always made seductive visual statements that demand our attention while never shirking her equally crucial roles as provocateur, critic, and humorist. In 1989, Marilyn Minter bought 30-second advertising spots during the David Letterman and Arsenio Hall shows as well as Nightline with Ted Koppel, to show her 100 Food Porn commercial. Rather than advertising in art magazines, she used her budget of $4500 to buy these commercial slots to advertise her exhibition at the Simon Watson Gallery in New York City (30 seconds of commercial airtime during David Letterman was $1,800 in 1989.)