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    Art Brokerage: Marilyn Minter American Artist: b. 1948. Marilyn Minter was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Florida in an upper-middle-class household. As an undergraduate at the University of Florida, Minter took photographs of her mother. Minter moved to New York City in 1976, after earning a master of fine arts degree at Syracuse University. She became involved in the nightclub scene in Manhattan of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also taught in a Catholic boys' school. In 1985 she began working in art again. While still a student in Florida, Minter created a series of photographic studies that involved her drug-addicted mother, which is now praised. Through the 1980s, she explored Pop-derived pictures often incorporating sexuality, setting the tone for many of her works. In 1989 Minter created a series of works based on images from hardcore pornography. She received much criticism for this from feminists who saw it as an expression of the victimization and objectification of women, rather than a statement on the absurdity of such images. In 1990, her notoriety intensified when her television ad 100 Food Porn, shot and directed by NY documentary filmmaker Ted Haimes, came out. Through the 1990s she refined her works, which despite still having pornographic undertones, exuded a sense of glamour and high-fashion. In 2005 Minter had a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which focused on her recent works - hyperrealistic close-ups of seemingly glamorous images, including makeup-laden lips, eyes, and toes. March 2006 Minter took out ad space on four billboards in Manhattan's Chelsea district. The billboards presented photographs of high heels kicking around in dirty water, and stayed up in Chelsea for a month. Minter also had a spot in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. In 2007, her first retrospective monograph was published, and she had shows in Sweden, the U.K., Spain, and France. A series of photographs she took of Pamela Anderson, commissioned by the art quarterly Parkett, were later featured on the cover of Zoetrope: All-Story. Her book involved a heavy gloss, mutli-colored paper making it feel almost wet, setting the book apart. In 2008 Minter collaborated with international skate/street wear brand Supreme to produce three limited edition skate decks. In 2009, excerpts from Minter's "Green Pink Caviar" video were used as the video backdrop for the opening song in Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour. Recently she has joined the MFA department at School of Visual Arts in New York. Listings wanted by Art Brokerage.

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