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Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

November 4, 2016–May 7, 2017

Marilyn Minter (American, born 1948). Blue Poles, 2007. Enamel on metal, 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm). Private collection, Switzerland

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Who designed these shoes in the Minter video?
Those are Jimmy Choos!
Minter has worked closely with the beauty and fashion industry. She has said, "In our culture, fashion is seen as debased and shallow but I don't see it that way the fact that it's so dismissed is riveting because it gives so many people pleasure. And I feel like my job as an artist is to shine a light on what is."
What is this piece called?
This video is called "Smash" and was originally created for a show called "Killer Heels" about high-heeled shoes that was at the Brooklyn Museum a few years ago.
Why is Marilyn Minter's work considered "feminist" and when is it just "art about women" or "art by women"?
In fact, it was Judy Chicago who coined the term “feminist art” to refer to visual art that employs political tactics or has a political goal. Minter’s work often centers on trying to break down the ideals of beauty established by the fashion industry and "impressed upon women" by showing how when you get really close up to the thing, there are always "imperfections". She is also playing with ideas of reclaiming female sexuality without shame. Minter has been an outspoken feminist since the 1980s, and so is an artist who is also an activist.