Tough Guy

1999

Object

Artist

Marilyn Minter, American, 1948-
Born: Shreveport, LA
Work Locations: New York, NY

Country

Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2001.793

Medium/Technique

Enamel on metal

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Dimensions

height: 36 in, 91.4400 cm; width: 48 in, 121.9200 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Extended Info

Marilyn Minter’s work shocks the viewer into questioning the ideas of what is attractive versus repellent, utilizing sexualized close-ups of male and female body parts in unusual poses, resulting in abstract images and meanings. The viewer relates to the image on a human level, reaching a wider audience by highlighting imperfections of the form, while also allowing the exploration of personal views on sexuality. The focus of "Tough Guy" is a close-up image of a mouth, with lips slightly parted revealing missing and pearly teeth. Dark stubble grows above the figure’s mouth, contrasting with the fair skin and pink lips.

Marilyn Minter was born in 1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She received her BFA. from the University of Florida and her MFA in Painting from Syracuse University, New York. 

Exhibition History

  • "Focus: The Figure" —Denver Art Museum, 08/2008 - 12/2010