For nearly four decades, Marilyn Minter (b. 1948, Shreveport, LA) has dismantled the hierarchies of glamour, power, desire, beauty and sexuality that dominate contemporary consumer culture. Feminism and sexual politics provide the context for a practice that encompasses painting, photography and video, amongst other visual and political tactics, in the creation of alluring images that unpack strategies of seduction appropriated from the media. Minter’s hyper-realist paintings of magnified body parts in high-gloss enamel on metal explore the fetishistic representation of women’s bodies throughout the history of art and in visual culture while opening up new dialogues surrounding eroticism and agency.
Further to her studio practice, Minter is an activist whose protest art has brought attention to major political issues. She currently serves on the advisory committee of Downtown for Democracy, a political action group founded by creative people that advocates to transform cultural influence into political power. In 2015, she received Planned Parenthood’s Women of Valor Award in honour of her initiative Choice Works, which raises money via auctions of contemporary artists’ work. In total, Minter has raised over 3 million dollars for the health organisation. In 2017, Minter conceived of a pop-up shop at the Brooklyn Museum in collaboration with the curator and art historian Andrianna Campbell that sold artist-designed, resistance-themed merchandise, with proceeds distributed to charities of the featured artists’ choice.
Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present the European premiere of New York-based artist Marilyn Minter’s video work My Cuntry ’Tis of Thee (2018). This is the artist’s debut exhibition with the gallery and her first solo presentation in the UK in thirty years.