Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty @ Brooklyn Museum

NOVEMBER 4, 2016–APRIL 2, 2017

Marilyn Minter: Solo Exhibition & Salon 94

October 27, 2016-December 22, 2016

Picture Farm has enjoyed the honor and creative pleasure to work with Marilyn Minter. PF’s Toddy Stewart started collaborating with Marilyn in 2011, with her celebratory work for the Whitney Gala and her “I’m Not Much But I’m all I Think About” film for the Salon 94 solo show that same year. In 2014, Toddy then helped Marilyn create “Smash” for the Brooklyn Museum’s “Killer Heels” show.

More recently we’ve been involved in Marilyn’s outspoken support for Planned Parenthood, Toddy editing this piece starring Miley Cyrus.

For Marilyn’s annus retrospectus Toddy has been shooting and editing with her a pair of promotional films announcing her New York show dates, one featuring his wife Marina Trejo.

He has also been working with Marilyn on editing an installation piece that will project continuously next to the New Museum on the Bowery, and reformatting some of her video work to present inside the Oculus loop at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center.

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. Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty is the first retrospective of her work.

Spanning more than four decades, 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. – Salon 94/M. Minter

“Slick, steamy, soiled, smeared: Such is the work of Marilyn Minter, the painter and photographer whose composite images of female body parts and excess (think a mouthful of muddy pearls) have been embraced and reviled for their sensual magnetism for more than three decades. Collected by everyone from the Guggenheim to Jay Z—she makes a dancing cameo in his video for “Picasso Baby”—Minter is about to receive her first museum retrospective, which will open Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston before it travels to Denver, Orange County, and finally the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 2016. In advance of that milestone, Minter sat down with for a candid conversation about a few of her favorite things and the state of her art…” – Mark Guiducci, Vogue