To talk about Plush in the typical language of criticism, to say it is warm, close or intimate is understatement tantamount to mistruth. It is eighty or so pages of maximalist, vivid, sweaty close-ups of crotchless panties, gold chains, neon burning bush, ninja-turtle colored fingernails. The pubes, natural, died white or starchy, mascara-black, are run through by fingers, caressed, teased out and tugged on.
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Skip navigation! Story from The Latest. It had its heyday in the '60s and '70s, but natural female pubic hair has since fallen out of favor. So much so that, apparently, there are now sexually-active hetero men who say they've never seen it. To celebrate the neglected bush, artist Marilyn Minter spent six months photographing it, asking "all kinds of women, [with] different hair colors, different textures, different skin colors" to grow out their natural hair down there and bare it for her camera. The photographs Minter took are collected in her first book, Plush. I suspect the no-fur trend might be a fashion, so I wanted to remind younger generations that fashion is fleeting, but laser is forever. Do whatever you want — just don't laser! The 70 full-color images in Plush , released in a limited run by Fulton Ryder Press to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, make an eloquent visual argument against lasering — and maybe even against shaving. Sensuous and unabashed, they're perhaps the most powerful interpretation of "Long hair, don't care" we've ever seen.
Marilyn Minter has long been creating hyperrealistic paintings of the female body, from lipsticked lips to high-heeled feet, in tight, cropped compositions full of decadent color and provocative sexual implications. Now, her focus is turned toward a part of the female body that remains somewhat taboo for the 21st-century: female pubic hair. The New York artist has teamed up with Fulton Ryder, the book shop and publishing company helmed by artist Richard Prince. Minter's book, titled Plush, is an up-close examination of the au naturel, unshaved crotch-think an updated take on Courbet's L'Origine du monde, and with a distinctly female gaze-through a series of new photographs and paintings. The book is published in a limited run of copies. If you know the book but cannot find it on AbeBooks, we can automatically search for it on your behalf as new inventory is added. If it is added to AbeBooks by one of our member booksellers, we will notify you!
Note: The following post contains many close-ups of vaginas and, thus, may be unsuitable for work. You've been warned. Marilyn Minter has long intoxicated viewers with her close-up images that combine the glamorous and the grotesque until they become thoroughly mixed in an inseparable goo. If any artist were to take on the subject of female pubic hair, we could think of no finer a candidate. The resulting art object, entitled "Plush," is basically a bush book, a visual compendium of hair down there in a variety of textures, colors and coifs. Minter collaborated with underground publisher Fulton Ryder on the sensual art book, with director Fabiola Alondra coming up with the evocative title. In the 19th-century, plush was used as term to refer to pubic hair. The book, a mixture of photographs and hyperrealistic paintings, features zoomed-in lady manes in Minter's signature glossy aesthetic. Fuzzy genitalia resembling bizarre animals or the newest fashion trends appear alongside technicolor manicures and the occasional gold chain. The images, at once sexual and uncultivated, depict an often overlooked aspect of female beauty from a female perspective.