Contemporary Arts Center: Cincinnati

Marilyn Minter:  Chewing Color

October 3, 2009 – May 2, 2010


An already established and celebrated artist, Chewing Color presents a unique lens on the artist’s work.  This solo exhibition of recent paintings and photographs features the hyper-realistic work for which she is so well known, in thoughtful dialogue with the more abstract work she creates. Minter’s luminous enamel paintings and lush color photographs reveal the sometimes flawed side of glamour.  Saturated, slick and glossy, her work focuses sharply on a detail or moment of imperfection.  It is the combination of technique, perspective, use of color and finishes, and the directness with which she treats her subject which provides such a fresh take on the topic of female beauty and empowerment.  Included in the show is the museum debut of Green Pink Caviar, the video that has gained fame playing on the MTV HD billboard in Times Square and, most recently, accompanying Madonna on her current European tour.  For the video, Minter directed her models to lick brightly colored candy on a sheet of glass and then videotaped and photographed them from the other side.  This concept of painting with the body mimics Minter’s own technique of finishing her pieces’ highly glossy surfaces with her fingers.

Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal
Center for Contemporary Art
44 East Sixth Street • Cincinnati, Ohio • 45202