Big Red (2010/2022)
13 ? x 20 inches
Edition of 40 plus 4 APs + 1 PP
Phaidon and Artspace are proud to announce a new limited edition by Marilyn Minter, a pioneering New York-based artist featured in Phaidon's expansive survey, Great Women Painters. Big Red (2010/2022) is the first limited edition print ever made that references one of Minter's iconic paintings.
Through erotically charged imagery, often in extreme close-up, Minter addresses the commodification of women's bodies, particularly in the worlds of fashion, beauty and pornography. Her hyper-realism mimics the aesthetics of these industries, yet her compositions also feature dirt, stray hairs, visible pores, bodily fluids or other 'imperfections' usually airbrushed away in commercial imagery.
Since the mid-1990s, Minter's process has begun with elaborate photoshoots, often featuring Minter herself, to create the source material for her paintings, which are mostly rendered in enamel on metal to further reinforce a high-gloss finish. The original painting Big Red emerged from a photoshoot of fellow artist Wangechi Mutu, who sought out portraits to document her pregnancy.
As Minter recalls, "I wasn't thinking of Wangechi Mutu as the artist. She was a model who was fearless. I didn't know that when she smiled that her teeth would be gold! We were just playing. I didn't think of it as Wangechi at all. It works like that with everybody I shoot."