Marilyn Minter


Marilyn sitting in a black swivel chair in what appears to be a colorful studio. She is sitting in front of a large, colorful work, is wearing all black and black high tops, a denim apron, and has what looks like a paintbrush delicately placed in the side of her mouth. 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—from the oversized paintings of makeup-laden lips and eyes to soiled designer shoes—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. 

Marilyn Minter was born in 1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana and went on to receive her BA from the University of Florida at Gainesville and an MFA from Syracuse University, New York. She has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH; La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; and the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany. In 2006, Minter was included in the Whitney Biennial, and in collaboration with Creative Time she installed billboards all over Chelsea in New York City. She currently lives and works in New York City.




A black flag on a rooftop positioned in the very right of the frame with the word resist in large capital letters on it. The word resist looks almost spray painted, and consists of the colors blue, purple, pink, red, and orange. The flag is flying in the air and surrounded by buildings.

Marilyn Minter, Resist Flag, 2017. Nylon flag, dimensions variable. Presented as part of Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance, 2017 - 2018. Courtesy the artist and Creative Time, New York. Photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli.