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Marilyn Minter, Thigh Gap, 2016, enamel on metal, 72 × 86 1/2".

Marilyn Minter

Salon 94

Marilyn Minter, Thigh Gap, 2016, enamel on metal, 72 × 86 1/2".

Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with pornography—which, given its utter digital ubiquity, is pretty much anybody who’s ever turned on a computer—will know that the contemporary taste in female pubic hair (certainly, at least, among the largely male producers and consumers of erotica) has for some time been decidedly on the side of less is more. And so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that a few years ago, when Marilyn Minter was commissioned by Playboy’s creative director, curator Neville Wakefield, to produce a project for a special issue of the magazine, her photographs focusing on a range of women in their naturally undepilated state were not particularly well received. Of course, the images were Minter at her thorny best: Complicating simple narratives of seduction and revulsion, and provocatively against the grain, they worked to make the private as

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