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March 17, 2006

In addition to all of the artwork in the hundreds of galleries in Chelsea, this month there is some outside and above the buildings. Four large billboards featuring the hyperrealistic photographs of MFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Marilyn Minter are on display throughout the month of March. Each one recreates images she shot for fashion magazines, rethinking the concept of “ideal beauty” with mud and dirt, making them into messy, flawed and very human forms.

The billboard project is happening in conjunction with Creative Time, which has been commissioning, producing and presenting adventurous public artworks of all disciplines since 1973. Minter’s billboard work is on view at 23rd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues (Shit-Kicker, Splish Splash and Runs); and 10th Avenue, between 17th and 18th Streets, above The Park restaurant (Mudbath). Minter’s paintings are also part of the Whitney Museum’s Biennial, Day for Night, which runs through Sunday, May 28.

Image: Marilyn Minter, Mudbath, 2006. Photography: Charlie Samuels.

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