3/14/2006

Marilyn Minter

165 comments:

Anonymous said...

Style fits subject perfectly.

JD said...

Minter's been doing this stuff for a long time, and I keep liking them more and more. She is definitely not your run-of-the-mill photorealist: there's a glam, seedy, 70's tranny vibe seeping through the painting style. They speak to sexual desire, hard cold materialism, and gender, but they don't feel didactic to me—they're really fun! I haven't seen the Biennial yet, but I'm intrigued to see her dirty heel painting in person.

Anonymous said...

Normally I don't respond well to photorealism, but this is different. I saw her work at the SFMOMA and I felt they possesed a sense of confidence without seeming too aggressive or didactic (yes thank you jd). They are solid paintings.

Anonymous said...

i love these paintings! was the whitney bi a poor mans Venice Biennale? are they hookers feet?
don't miss these

Anonymous said...

just curious why not photography?

zipthwung said...

way better than Patrick Mimranisms. Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

"just curious why not photography?"

She does both.

Anonymous said...

Trampism

Anonymous said...

I hope people will not bad mouth this painting!

Anonymous said...

oh, I thought this was a photograph...sorry. Richard Estes is awesum!

bb said...

They're pretty nice in person. Enamel on aluminum. Not so tight up close. I don't really get why she does the photos and then the paintings of the exact same image (conceptually at least, I'm sure there's more money involved...) But they can range from gorgeous color and magic image to blah fashion image. This one seems to be kind of in the middle.

Anonymous said...

It is a painted photo? Right?

Anonymous said...

The "Why Not Photography?" person has a good point since not only do these pictures look awful from close-up but they are also accompanied, when they're shown, by large photographs that are exactly like the paintings.

Also, she has her assistants do quite a bit of the drawing and painting which, in a project like this, guarantees that they will always look like shit close up and, if they don't, it won't be her doing at all.

Appalling.

Anonymous said...

apples and oranges sort of but put these up against Monica Majoli and they wither and die.

triple diesel said...

It's enamel on aluminum. The flatness of the enamel and aluminum generates shallowness, rigidity, and hard edge: the paintings are intimidating. They thrive as objects in a way that the photographs do not - the materials effectively engender the concept.

Anonymous said...

I dont think they look like shit in person. Not at all. I also questioned why photos AND paintings but maybe she questions that too and is acting out her impulses. She is deliberately baiting us for this exact discussion.

Anonymous said...

It may conceptually fit, but I agree with Anon 8:24--if these paintings look bad from close up, then they'd be happier as photos, and if they don't it's not because of anything MM did.

Anonymous said...

Is she baiting us for a discussion of why she doesn't paint them herself?

Anonymous said...

It's strange but I can TELL this one's a painting and not one of her photos just from the JPEG--something about the richness of the color.

Anonymous said...

"Is she baiting us for a discussion of why she doesn't paint them herself?"

I was thinking more along the lines of the obvious photo vs. paint. I wasnt aware that her minions painted these. Is that a fact? If so thats a whole other issue....

Anonymous said...

Yes, her minions paint them--but I think it's deeply connected to the phot v paint issue--why make paintings of your photos if you're not even going to take the time to control the application of paint--which is the only thing which makes the paintings different than the photos.

triple diesel said...

Why does it matter if her assistants complete the paintings? If the idea is a "photorealist painting in enamel on aluminum," then why not hire extra hands to help? The individual, inimitable gesture isn't part of the concept.

Anonymous said...

Monica Majoli? yawn! yawn! yawn! yawn!
death to baby brush watercolors potentially subversive content gag me on a recipe

Anonymous said...

so the painting NOT looking like shit isn't part of the CONCEPT--ok, I see.

exu said...

I envy the skills somewhat,but over-get the cold hard glam-not a brilliant concept,since its the reality of magazines already-too obvious

triple diesel said...

The photos carry the content. But the material presence of enamel on alum. adds another layer (no pun intended) to the concept. If "minions" can apply the paint more efficiently or deftly than MM can, then it's prudential to hire them. MM does control the application - by directing the assistants.

Anonymous said...

Hi I was the "why not photography" anon. I have not seen these in person. Apparently as many of you say they look painted from close up so thats a good enough reason for me. thanks

Anonymous said...

"then it's prudential [sic] to hire them. MM does control the application - by directing the assistants"

I'm guessing you're a GOP man, triple diesel, am I right?

Ever read "Wage, Labor, and Capital"?

zipthwung said...

One time I saw some lady catch her silver heel in the cattle guard at the guggenheim. She was afraid of breaking off the heel. That's the kind of Schadenfreude I expect from a great architect.

THe photograph thing is a total red herring? I just don't care. It just makes it seem like she lacks confidence in her subject matter or in the colleector. Or the collector lacks the confidence? Like you just cant hang porn on the wall...

To me its about how uptight you can get, which is apparently, very.

Anonymous said...

Majoli is hoky.

triple diesel said...

Okay, anonymous; thanks for the clever GOP joke. ha ha...

My point was that painting has a long history of artist/assistant teamwork. I was asking the forum if it matters, then, that MM's assistants might do the work.

Anonymous said...

Call me old fashioned but I think it matters. Here comes Warhol.....

Anonymous said...

It's not teamwork if MM gets all the money and the credit--which is what happens. It's exploitation.

triple diesel said...

Okay, anyms, if it matters - then why? Here comes Warhol, yes, but also here comes, say, Rubens.

Other anyms: if the assistants agree to the work, and get paid for it, then is it really exploitation?

Qloo said...

I saw these at the Armory, and they struck me as gorey. I thought they were photogrpahs.

the fantasy said...

Just about every painter that has been featured on this blog has assistants. Regardless if they make paintings or coffee they are there because the artist needs help. Why is this always brought up when people make realistic work (Hurst,Koons,Minter...)? I think it helps the artists come across as less of a craftsperson and more of idea maker. What’s wrong with that?

Oh yeah, Warhol is arguably the most important and influential artist ever. The fact that he had so much help is irrelevant. If you were to ask any of his assistants they would say to this day that he helped shape them and there art. Why is that a negative?

JD said...

I think that there's something about the degree to which Minter exaggerates the photographic blurs and glints that goes beyond a mere reiteration of the photograph. It's an over-the-top rendition of the sumptuousness of color photography, re-imagined in paint. The space is also created by the paint and the color, and refers to photo space, but doesn't feel the same.

I think the question "why not a photograph" is almost always a red herring when applied to photo-based painting. We never say, "why not just live your life" when we talk about a painting made from life, right? There are an infinite number of legitimate ways to make a painting that talk about "what reality looks like." It's all paint metaphor, no matter what it looks like. And it all boils down to the same thing: is the painting interesting and wonderful to look at, or not? Lots of photo-based paintings fall into some bad, bad tropes, but so do lots of paintings made from life (Forum gallery, anyone?)

Anonymous said...

It's not exploitation it is a job

Anonymous said...

Fantasy,
Warhol is merely an extension of Duchamp ---
Both have very little to do with rubens.

The Rubens camp uses an
assitantship-as-mentorship model,
wherein there is a supposed transfer
of artisanship.

The Duchmp camp negates artisanship
altogether by relegating it, as manual
labor, under service of a supposedly
'higer form of work', the Idea.

knowhow said...

I'm pretty sure Minter does or has done most of the drawing and painting in her work, especially the finer details.

knowhow said...

..and therefore qualifies as a master craftsperson as well as a conceptual coordinator.

the fantasy said...

11:13

That’s a great take.

I’m not comparing. I’m just hoping we can discuss getting away from artist as a craftsperson. The assistants really allow the artist to be just that, rather than nose to the canvas only thinking about "skill" that will impress the masses. Let someone else work through that.

ca said...

I saw these paintings at SFMoMA, and my impression/memory is that the way these are painted (or maybe, more importantly, finished) is that they are from a single hand- the build up of paint, the areas smeared with fingers, the highlights are all very beautiful. As flat photographs the images are compelling, but as lavishly painted images they take the whole glamour/crud dichotomy to a whole other level. It does matter tremendously that they are painted, and the degree of finish and consistency from one painting to another gives the entire body of work, for me, a higher level of meaning and credibility.

zipthwung said...

I used to work in a silkscreen place making large scale silkscreens and I allays felt really greatfull to be earning 7.50 and hour.

I wish Walter Benjamin would just dematerialize from the conversation.

Anonymous said...

Fantasy, well, it certainly does reflect modern living in general,
doesn't it. Production or manufacture of anything, from food,
to paintings -- are ever increasingly being moved to the hidden
back rooms of sweatshops, kitchens, fields and IT farms in developing
countries.... The farming out of production, in service of some greater
state of living.

GW bush said...

ya cain't stop progress...

Anonymous said...

Oh and I didn't mean to sound moralizing. I don't
have a conclusive thought of what this means --
to progress. I certainly don't grind my own paints.

Anonymous said...

A picture's not good unless every inch of it is good.

zipthwung said...

I grind my own bones. Fe Fi Faux.

in_the_know said...

She paints almost all of them herself. the assistants do mosty prep. stuff. Also she never paints a replica of one of her photos. Just sayin'...

Anonymous said...

I don't know what's more damning then--that she didn't paint them herself or that she did but they still look so lifeless from closer than five feet.

Anonymous said...

I think the touch is incredibly deft and not lifeless at all--much more impressive than the original photorealists

Anonymous said...

Oh but you gotta love Hilo Chen...

Anonymous said...

What?

Anonymous said...

He painted butts.

Anonymous said...

Hilo Chen painted butts. He was an old photorealist. I wonder if they know each other--Marilyn and Hilo...

Anonymous said...

Marilyn Minter uses a number of erotic images, but never butts, so far as I know.

Anonymous said...

She subverts our received expectations of butts.

Anonymous said...

Im the one who brought up Warhol because its ridiculously obvious a comparison. That wasnt the end of the conversation (what about Ruebens? etc.) just a starting point. I also never said it was a negative thing. Its not a black/white issue because most artists need assistants. Anyone on here wanna be my assistant? Cant pay you though, sorry. I just question the motives of an artist if they stop getting their hands dirty and delegate instead. Where is the passion? I just couldn't work that way and cant imagine the mindset.

Anonymous said...

Ditto--why be an artist if you don't like to make art? There are lots of jobs that pay better.

Anonymous said...

yeah--if you just want to "make statements about art" we've got this blog...

hilo chen's assistant said...

I paint butt. I paint boob. He give me five dollar an hour. Hilo very good man.

Anonymous said...

On this particular image I love the cubist confusion in the foreground--where exactly is the chain coming from? How is it coming out of her mouth? the geometires are marvellous

Anonymous said...

One thing I love about MM is that I just thought this kind of imagery was dead--I couldn't believe that someone managed to make one more kind of glamorous/sexy fashion magazine photo that actually DIDN'T look stale and canned. Photo or painting, it's edifying to see that she makes the subject live again.

The Jury Is In said...

and this is the best blog EVER

The Attorney said...

It's because of

"She subverts our received expectations of butts."

isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I liked her old goopy drippy stuff better.

Anonymous said...

Yeah why would anyone paint ice cream and then STOP painting ice cream?

Anonymous said...

Maybe because she couldn't explain to her asistants how to make all the goopy drippy paintings look like the same person did them.

Anonymous said...

BILLBOARDS ALL SURROUNDING CHELSEA OF DIRTY HOOKER FEET???
am i the only one who finds that cool?

Anonymous said...

all assisting is some form of mentorship

MM said...

I thought everyone was giving Mountain Man a hard time I just figured out that it was Marilyn Minter.
MM. Duh.

Anonymous said...

hooker billboards in chelsea - perfect neighborhood for it, right? they might as well be ads!

Anonymous said...

assisting is only mentorship if the artist is actually more talented than the assistant.

Anonymous said...

"talent" doesn't exist

Anonymous said...

but what does that say about an assistant who willing works for an artist who is less talented than they are? just do something else, you know? if you're in it for the money, why are you an artist anyway?

Anonymous said...

but what does that say about an assistant who willing works for an artist who is less talented than they are? just do something else, you know? if you're in it for the money, why are you an artist anyway?

Anonymous said...

hooker billboards in chelsea - perfect neighborhood for it, right? they might as well be ads!

thank you! i was starting to feel like i had taken crazy pillz!

Anonymous said...

"talent doesn't exist"?

please explain ...

Anonymous said...

ok

...more "good at making paintings that are interesting to look at" than the assistant.

Anonymous said...

yeah and it's already been determined that she paints most of it herself. there's probably a lot more artist that have their assistants do a lot more of their work than MM than you realize...

Anonymous said...

re: 2:32

sometimes in the real world people take shit jobs so they can eat and stuff and hope maybe the shit job will lead to a better job.

Anonymous said...

this image is kinda compelling, but that might just be the rocky horror talking

Anonymous said...

1st 2:34

no respect for "artists" who take shit jobs hoping that it will lead to a better job - if it's not what you want to be doing, DON"T DO IT - there are other ways to get by without whoring yourself out

Anonymous said...

regardless of who makes it, it seems like we all agree that this one is actually pretty good

from >5 feet away at least

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see an artist who has been doing the same thing forever finally get some credit for it rather late in their career. Same thing with DiBenedetto.

Anonymous said...

artist with assistants = musicians with bands

nothing wrong with that

Anonymous said...

Music is different, obviously. For a live performance, there is no way, physically, that one person could do everything. For a painting, it's a choice,not a necessary constraint.

Anonymous said...

MM should be doing magazine spreads. I dont understand why she makes paintings out of images that look better as small-scale high-res photos.

Anonymous said...

1:53- there's great stuff in magazines that makes the same subject matter "live"

Anonymous said...

bands split the money

Anonymous said...

good point

Anonymous said...

good point

Anonymous said...

the upper lip looks a little like an earthworm

Anonymous said...

So painting a photograph is a good thing or no? Its a living?

Anonymous said...

it's a living. i guess. not very inspired, but if she gets away with it more power to her

Anonymous said...

at least her paintings of photographs have delicacy, unlike, say, damien loeb

Anonymous said...

DL doesn't do his own work either.

Anonymous said...

don't say Damien Loeb, it hurts my earrs

glimt said...

Her paintings of photos would work better if they were PHOTOS of her paintings of photos

Anonymous said...

I dont get why shes the cover of the whitney bi catalogue...political maybe?

Anonymous said...

well-political or not, whatever reason she's IN the biennial at all is probably the same reason she's on the cover.

Anonymous said...

Her images (paintings or photos, whatever work you want to actually credit to her) are feral. Love that.

Anonymous said...

sure, but there's not much going on beneath the surface. take it or leave it, just don't think about it.

hhmmm said...

"no respect for "artists" who take shit jobs hoping that it will lead to a better job - if it's not what you want to be doing, DON"T DO IT - there are other ways to get by without whoring yourself out" 2:37 PM

Are you serious? Easier said that done. I consider any job that takes me away from my painting a shit job. I have to do it though, until the day comes where I can make a living off my artwork. (excuse me while I gaze upwards and into the clouds for a moment) Most artists have to work shit jobs. End of story. What do you anonymous 2:37 do for a living? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

photorealism is dead.

dead dead dead.

Anonymous said...

3:35 - retail. yeah it's a shit job too. but i'm not doing it hoping that maybe one day i'll get to do the WHOLE window display instead of just my tiny portion of th ewindow display - forunately i dont have to work much because i dont buy a lot of stuff, so i have lots of time to spend on my own work.

all i'm saying is that you dont have to sell yourself to another artist just so one day you can have people sell themselves to you

Anonymous said...

hhmmmmmm...

is right and several decades worth of labor statistics bear him/her out.

what planet does 2:37 live on where there's no capitalism?

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or is the whole Biennial exceptionally lame this year?

(or should I say...la-MAY?)

Anonymous said...

like every other biennial, most of it sucks and any given person will find 2 or 3 things they like.

Anonymous said...

3:43-
agreed. but you have to wonder which artists would still choose to be artists even if they knew without a doubt that they would never sell a single piece...

Anonymous said...

I'm actually really excited for the Bi this time...it's gonna be seedy!

Anonymous said...

say what you will about her paintings, but the photos she bases them on definitely kick ass

Anonymous said...

Ow!! My ass!!!

Somehow it has been kicked using the intermediary of my eyes...

hhmmm said...

3:35 - retail. yeah it's a shit job too. but i'm not doing it hoping that maybe one day i'll get to do the WHOLE window display instead of just my tiny portion of th ewindow display - forunately i dont have to work much because i dont buy a lot of stuff, so i have lots of time to spend on my own work.

all i'm saying is that you dont have to sell yourself to another artist just so one day you can have people sell themselves to you 3:42 PM


I see what you're saying and obviously your goal wouldn't be to do the whole window display. I assume we're all artists and we all have similar goals which includes not working on ANY window displays. Ever. Thats a bit different than working as an artist's assistant because your private/artist life is being entangled with your day job which is a tricky thing to balance. I personally don't do it and I'm not sure if I could. I work in a crappy 'gallery' that sells prints of Tuscan landscapes and decorative wooden boxes. That job has nothing to do with my artistic endeavors. I like that seperation. Ya know?

Anonymous said...

As a working tranvestite, I prefer to delegate the majority of my work to my assistants. This allows me to concentrate on conceptual issues rather than waste my time on shows of skill and craftsmanship.

Anonymous said...

hhmmmm- you have a very good point about needing to separate your own work from the work you do for money. i don't think i could work as an assistant either. it sounds like you have a good balance, cheers to you and hopefully one day none of us will have to sell tuscan landscapes anymore

zipthwung said...

I have totall seamless and harmonious flow between my work and personal life, art and commerce. I am so happy. I don't know what I am going to do with all my joy.

Anonymous said...

i like the lower teeth

Anonymous said...

There is more light in this painting than in anything I've seen in years-the black gives wway to an almost Giotto-like golden color.

Anonymous said...

I agree--and I totally want to believe in these paintings for a million reasons--but then I get up close to them and they just completely fall apart.

I guess you could call that a conceptual statemtn, but to me it's just depressing.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, fr the first ten minutes I want to take these paintings home and nhang them over my bed, then i'm turned off by the surface

Anonymous said...

There's something really eerie about the spatial "flip" in MMs paintings--like how can you be that close and yet use such a detatched style?

Anonymous said...

this is my favorite of everyhting I 've seen by her--it looks scaly--kinda rmeind me of alien

but i agree about the assistant thing.

Anonymous said...

"Alien" the movie?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I can see that--for this painting.

someone up there said it was "feral".

Anonymous said...

Is vogue feral? Is Dolce and Gabbana feral? what the hell?

Anonymous said...

Oh no!!! Feral Vogue!!!! AAAAAAAAHH!!!


I'll never go into another doctor's waiting room again.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I think the "feral vogue" idea isn't so bad--Minter explores the gritty physicalities underneath the slick images in magazines

Anonymous said...

has anybody ever seen that book by the photographer hellweig--The Sacred Heart--it's photos of organs and doctors during surgery. He uses only the light available in the operating room and it gives the pictures a sort of golden glow not unlike the painting here.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Minter "explores" anything. Certainly she depicts the "gritty physicalities" that underlie fashion editorials, etc. but I'm sick and tired of people talking about "exploring" and "questioning" when that's neither the intent nor the product of the simple rendition of an striking image

Anonymous said...

oooh yes! I love that book

really beautiful, disturbing stuff

Anonymous said...

"surgical brutality"

That is MM to me.

Anonymous said...

huh?

Anonymous said...

huh?

Anonymous said...

The isolated mouths, feet, body parts...it's as if they were disembodied, and the presence of foreign objects does suggest the invasive aspects of surgery

Anonymous said...

jewelry as scalpel?

Anonymous said...

Something like that.

Anonymous said...

see, it is like "Aliens"

Anonymous said...

Is vogue feral? Is Dolce and Gabbana feral? what the hell?

maybe not the product itself but the means by which it's produced are, well, maybe not feral, but definitely not quite humane.

don't mean to beat a dead horse here, but i'm reading what people were saying about MM's use of assistants above and it seems like a lot of people consider relying on assistants to be exploitative.

i'm sensing parallels between how MM produces her work and how the genre she paints produces its own products. i wouldn't dare say that she's doing this intentionally-i don't think there's much here conceptually-but it's an interesting echo.

Anonymous said...

Where did the civil conversations between known bloggers go? Oh well, this is better than nothing I suppose.

Anonymous said...

7:24-
you actually kind of have a point with the "aliens" comment

are you snarking or do you really mean it?

Anonymous said...

Yes, save us passeo!

Anonymous said...

anon 5:17,
the "flip" totally works here, imo, and also look at how detailed and realistic the jewellery is compared to the mouth...another "flip" there too

Anonymous said...

I meant the Aliens thing, really, not as a snarky thing-it's glossy and toothy and dangerous and evokes a sort of bio-horror, just like giger and winston's monster

Anonymous said...

I want to hate her but I can't. I feel weird about that.

Anonymous said...

"bio-horror" gets at it better than the whole "gritty fashion magazine" angle. i agree that this is way more giger than dolce

Anonymous said...

dont feel weird 7:43! just give in to the power of the gloss!

Anonymous said...

YAY! Heteroglossia!!

Anonymous said...

How about a real painter next time? Someone new and fresh. Someone no one has heard of or seen yet but is real good. someone like me!

Anonymous said...

Or, me?

Anonymous said...

I like her.

Iona Roseal Brown

Anonymous said...

Iona Brown is fantastic.

Anonymous said...

...but for some reason that link doesn't lead to her...

Anonymous said...

Again, I like Iona, but I just noticed that the gallery copy about her is a jewel of artspeak bullshit, observe:

iona rozeal brown’s most recent paintings are an unprecedented mixture of anonymous courtesans, geisha and other Japanese subjects. She explores the theme of afro-asiatic allegory, addressing the global influence of african american culture as fetish. Brown’s work signals the energy, critical direction and complexity of contemporary practice that is engaged in a tenuous marriage of commerce and resistance.

In her paint, Brown intertextually juxtaposes color and texture, a technique that parallels her artistry as a DJ. Both practices emerge from a process of self-sampling and remixing, devices employed by media to create its own endless permutations or representations and meanings. Throughout her work, Brown brings a subversive reading to her art, and manipulates hyper self-conscious imagery to articulate contemporary concerns regarding race, gender and class.

ok, back to Marilyn Minter--seductive image, lifeless surface, maybe that's the point, who's next?

Anonymous said...

STREET WALKERS FEET HUGE ALL OVER CHEALSEA

Anonymous said...

not unlike the bottom of jesus'; feet in that painting in the vatican

Anonymous said...

I think Passeo's gone underground somewhere. Like back to Maryland with his/her mom. Or maybe Passeo's gettin' on with Yoda.

Anonymous said...

Brown intertextually juxtaposes color and texture, a technique that parallels her artistry as a DJ.

so beautiful

Anonymous said...

somehow the brown string strikes me, now, as PR.
What's with the bolded text?

Anonymous said...

Slimy!

zipthwung said...

Brown intertextually juxtaposes color and texture, a technique that parallels her artistry as a DJ.

Beautifully glossy like a brown on brown rainbow. Unpacks like a turd from the centerfold.

What DOESN't her work do? Compete with Laylah Ali?

But back to minter - what if she used the green filter?

JpegCritic said...

About Brown --- 'Got It!'

Untitled said...

Marilyn how are you. Nice piece.

www.heyokamagazine.com

Anonymous said...

I had Marylin as a teacher. She was great. Not to merely kiss her bootay but she introduced me to Richter and Richard Prince. All the dark motha/fathaf**ckers. I have a soft spot for her. She isn't all theory and blah blah. Thanks Marylin and I'm glad you got your joints up in the Whitney.