Painter and photographer Marilyn Minter (American, b.1948) is best known for her hyperrealistic paintings and richly-colored photographs, which feature close-up views the human body in examinations of what constitutes “glamour” and “beauty.” Minter was born in Louisiana and studied art at the University of Florida and at Syracuse University. Her earliest work includes a series of black-and-white photographs she took of her mother, documenting the constant making and remaking of her mother’s appearance while bedridden and suffering from drug addiction. Minter’s later works examine the grotesque and the beautiful sides of fashion and glamour, often in uncomfortably close-up images of androgynous bodies covered in glitter, beads, or pearls. Many of her paintings derive from combinations of views she creates through her photographs. She has received both positive and negative critical attention for her works, particularly those with a more pornographic edge. Her recent work has included short films, as well as a series of photographs of Pamela Anderson. She has exhibited work at the Whitney Biennial, Art Basel, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among other venues. Minter currently lives and works in New York.


Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
B.F.A., University of Florida, Gainesvile, FL
M.F.A. Painting, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist´s Grant
National Endowment for the Arts, Artist´s Fellowship Grant
New York Foundation for the Arts, Visual Arts Grant
Guggenheim Fellowship
Tiffany Award
Used Pamela Anderson as a muse for the Parkett centerfold
Lives and works in New York, NY


Riotous Baroque, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Marilyn Minter - Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
De madonna a Madonna. (De)construcciones de lo femenino en la sociedad contemporánea - DA2 - Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca
Big Pictures - Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Bad For You - Shizaru Gallery, London (England)
GirlTalk - Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
Things Beyond Our Control - Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
überall und nirgends - Werke aus der Sammlung Reydan Weiss - Kunsthaus Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf
Deftig Barock - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
Riot Selections From The Ann And Mel Schaffer Family Collection - The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Pink Caviar - Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
Pretty Ugly - BCA - Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Femmescapes - Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Liquids in Contemporary Art - Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv
Memories of the Future: The Olbricht Collection, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Salon 94, New York, USA
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Paintings from the 80s, Team Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Video festival, Magasinet, Falun, Sweden
COMMERCIAL BREAK, Garage Projects, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Passion Fruits, Selection from the Thomas Olbricht Collection, Me Collectors Room, Berlin
Collection in Context: Lynda Benglis, John Chamberlain, Andy Warhol, and Marilyn Minter, The Baltimore Museum of Art
Chewing Color, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (solo)
Orange Crush, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, USA (solo)
Green Pink Caviar, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY,
7:th Annual Alt Picture Show, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, USA (solo)
Foreign Studies, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden
The Anniversary Show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Desire, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, USA
Don Juan in the Village, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Sweat, Patricia Low, Gstade, Switzerland
Think Pink, Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach, Florida,USA
Talented Show, The Kitchen, New York, USA
Sweat, Patricia Low, Contemporary Art, Gstaad, Switzerland
200 Artworks – 25 Years” Artists’ Editions for Parkett, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Green Pink Caviar, Regen Projects, CA, USA (solo)
Green Pink Caviar on Sunset Boulevard, CA, USA (solo)
Objects of Value, Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA
The Glamour Project, Lehmann Maupin gallery, New York, NY
The Palace at 4 a.m., Gana Art Gallery, New York, NY
For Your Eyes Only, De Markten, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Regen Projects II, Los Angeles (solo)
Salon 94 Freemans, New York (solo)
Marilyn Minter teams up with Madonna, Sticky & Sweet European 2009 Tour (solo)
La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Murcia, Spain (solo)
Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH, USA (solo)
We’re all gonna die., Sue Scott Gallery, New York, NY
Pretty Is And Pretty Does, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA
The Audio Show, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Pink Panther, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, Kumukumu Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The Femal Gaze: Women Look At Women, Cheim & Read, New York, NY, USA
The Pam Show, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Sweat, Marilyn Minter + Mika Rottenberg, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, France
Darkside, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
Agency: Art and Advertising, McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
Expenditure, Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Whatever’s Whatever Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece
Focus: The Figure, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA
Rock’n’ Roll Vol. I, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden, Sørlandets Konstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
The Dream of Putrefaction, The Metropole Galleries, Folkestone, UK
VAC colección valencia arte contemporáneo, IVAM, Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Sparkle Then Fade, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Foam of the Daze, Amy Smith Stewart, New York, NY, USA
Sex in the City, Dumbo Art Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
Dangerous Beauty, Curated by Manon Slome, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, USA
Dangerous Beauty, Naples Art Museum, Italy
Paul-Aymar Mourgue d’Algue Featuring Marilyn Minter, CIRCUIT, Lausanne, Switzerland
Nightmares of Summer, Marvelli Gallery, New York, USA
The Other Side, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
Luxury Goods, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, USA
Flaming June, Spanierman Moders, New York, USA
Whitney Biennial, New York, USA
Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach, Florida, USA (solo)
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA (solo)
Salon 94, New York, USA (solo)
Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)
Tete a Tete, Greenberg van Doren Gallery, New York, NY
Gorgeous, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Paper, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Bounds of Love, John Connelly Presents, NYC
The Super Fly Effect, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City NJ
Suddenly Older, Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
New Work: Marilyn Minter, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Voges and Partner, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
Black & White, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, USA
AmFaR Portfolio, Regan Projects, LA,CA
Skin Deep, Union Station, Toronto (traveling to Netherlands and Portugal)
Gorgeous, Camera della Moda, Milan, Italy
Sexy Beasts, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, USA
The Armory Show, Artemis, Greenberg, VanDoren Gallery, Fredericks
Freiser Gallery, Andrehn Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Miami Basel, Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach, FL
Frieze Art Fair, Salon 94, London, England
Basel Art Fair, Andrehn Schiptjenko Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
Andrehn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Cross Currents at Century’s End: Selections From the Neuberger
Berman Art Collections, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
amFaR Portfolio, Cheim and Read , NYC, curated by Jack Pierson
Jessica Stockholder Show, Gorney Bravin & Lee Gallery , NYC
4 Walls, 8 Views, Arena Gallery, NYC
Auction for Photographic Education in Afghanistan Christies, New York, NY
New Paintings & Photographs, Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Dangerous Beauty, Chelsea Museum, New York, USA
Reactions, Exit Art, New York City, USA
White Columns Benefit Silent Auction, New York, NY
Dangerous Beauty, J.C.C, New York City. Curated by Manon Slome
Shimmering Substance, Arnolfini, Bristol, England and Cornerhouse, Manchester, England
Paris Photo, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, France
Summer Group, Sandroni.Rey, Venice, Italy
Thaddeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
Uncomfortable Beauty, Group show, Jack Tilton / Anna Kustera, New York, USA
Issue: Group show, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris France, curated by Jack Pierson
2000 anos luz, Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz Teneife, Canary Islands. Catalogue
Mommy Dearest, Gimpel Fils, London, UK
Andrehn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
XL Xavier La Boulbenne, New York, USA (solo)
ANP, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Go Figure, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Arts, White Columns Benifit, New York, USA
Lounge, Exit Art, New York, USA
Millenium Calender, Bard College, New York, USA
Lovevolution, XL Xavier La Boulbenne, New York, USA
Paintings Pictures, Beauer College Art Gallery, Beauer, USA
Coral Ridge Towers (North), Galleri Index, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
XL Xavier La Boulbenne, New York, USA (solo)
cloth-bound, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK
PhotoImage, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Elbowroom, Third Link, Stockholm, Sweden
Group Exhibiton #4, XL Xavier La Boulbenne, NY, USA
Bathroom, Thomas Healy Gallery, New York, USA, curated by Wayne Koestenbaum
XL Xavier La Boulbenne, New York, USA (solo)
Alive & Well, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, USA
Group Exhibition #2, XL Xavier LaBoulbenne, New York, USA
Sex/Industry, Stephan Stux Gallery, New York, USA, curated by John Yau
Making Pictures: Women and Photography, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USA
Mona Hatoum, Lovett/Codagnone, Marilyn Minter, XL Xavier La Boulbenne, New York, USA
PHOTOgraphism (in painting), Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA
What I did on my summer vacation, White Columns, New York, USA
Thinking Print: Books to Billboard 1980-1995, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The Most Important Thing in the world: Oasis vs. Blur and Artists Who Rock, New York, USA
Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Coral Ridge Towers (North), Tri Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Coral Ridge Towers (North), Postmasters gallery, New York, NY
Tri Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Pittura Immedia: Malerei in der 90er Jahren, neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum und Kunstlerhaus, Graz, Austria
Smells Like Vinyl, Roger Merians Gallery, New York, USA
The Joy of Painting, Here, New York, USA
De-Pop, Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, USA
Drama, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA
The Place of Art, Springel Museum, Hanover, Germany
The Long Weekend, Trial Ballon, New York, USA
Promotional Copy, 100 Food Porn Video, The Kitchen, New York, USA
Sex, Adam Baumgold Fine Art, New York, USA
The Rag Trade, The Inter Art Center, New York, USA
Promotional Copy, 100 Food Porn Video, DIA Center for the Arts, New York, USA
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York (travelling: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Santa Monica Museum of Fine Art; Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, USA; American Art Center, Paris, France
Regarding Masculinity, Arthur Roger gallery, New Orleans, LA, USA
Contacts, Jersey City Museum, USA
Coming to Power, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA
Body Count, White Columns, New York, USA
Tri-Sexual, TRI Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
John C. Stoller & Co., Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Trancesex, Amanda M. Oberlin Gallery, New York, USA
Effected Desire, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
Slow Art, P.S.I, Long Island City, NY, USA
Works-Concepts-Processes-Situations-Informations, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France
Greenberg Gallery, Saint Louis, MO (solo)
Meyers/Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
Ho Hum All Ye Faithful, John Post Lee Gallery, New York, USA
New generation: New York, Part III, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA
Max Protetch Gallery, NY (solo)
Simon Watson Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Stendahl Syndrome: The Cure, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA
The Clinic, Simon Watson Gallery, New York, USA
Making Pictures, Fiction/Nonfiction Gallery, New York, USA
Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Ten Years Anniversary Show, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK
Max Protetch: 20 years, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA
Repetition, Hirschl-Adler Modern, New York, USA
White Columns, New York, USA (solo)
Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, USA (in collaboration with Christoff Kohlhofer) (solo)
Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, USA (in collaboration with Christoff Kohlhofer) (solo)
Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)
James Yu Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, USA (solo)

Public Collections

Moderna museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA
Blanton Museum of Fine Arts, Austin, Texas, USA
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, USA
Collection Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Château d’Arethon, Alex, France
Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA
Deutsche Bank, New York, USA
Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, USA
Kunsthaus Museum, Zürich, Switzerland
Maison Européenne Photographie, Paris, France
MIT List Center, Boston, USA