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Creative Time presents: Billboards
Posted: June 30th, 2008
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Throughout the month of March 2006 Marilyn Minter’s seductive and hyperrealistic photographs towered over four art galleries in Chelsea as spectacular billboards. Recreating the lush images she shot for fashion magazines, Minter substituted the gooey, visceral material of mud in place of water, transforming an ideal fashion object into a messy, flawed, and very human form. Legs became splattered with dirt while perfectly pedicured toes oozed with grime as if they had been walking through the city in a storm. For Minter, the billboards were an outgrowth of her interest in blurring the boundaries between fine art and commercial art and co-opting commercial genres and spaces for her artistic practice. Both attractive and repulsive simultaneously, Minter’s billboards ultimately seduced viewers, who, complicit in their own dirty secrets, succumbed to the guilty pleasure of looking at the tainted object of desire.

Video by Matt Wolf courtesy Creative Time. To learn more go to creativetime.org.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.