Malerie Marder (born 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American photographer and artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her work centers on vivid color and black-and-white photographs that are studied in both their emotional and aesthetic effects. She concentrates on the time-honored photographic genre of the nude, made contemporary by disquieting personal, sexual, and psychological aspects.
She gained recognition coinciding with the completion of her MFA from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and in 1999 was included in the exhibition Another Girl, Another Planet alongside 12 other photographers, including Katy Grannan, Justine Kurland, Dana Hoey, and Sarah Jones.
Her solo exhibitions include Salon 94, New York, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, Maureen Paley, London, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, and Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam. International group exhibitions include National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; The Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; The ICI, New York; The California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art; Edinburgh Film Festival; Norton Museum of Art, Florida, and Stedeliijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent.
Marder’s video work, At Rest, was first shown at Salon 94 in 2003. The artist edited videotape shot over two years into nearly 13 minutes of friends and family, always naked, in various states of repose: couples asleep in bed, a child resting on a plump pillow, a woman relaxing in the bathtub. Composer Jonathan Bepler produced the soundtrack, transforming organic sounds like breathing and heartbeats into a rhythmic, meditative whir.
Malerie Marder’s work has been acquired for permanent collections by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and The Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson. Her work has been featured in Artforum, Art Review, Art and Auction, Art News, Tema Celeste, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, AnOther, Purple, and Harper’s Bazaar, amongst many other publications.
Her first monograph, Carnal Knowledge, which comprises a decade of work, is published by Violette Editions (London) in May 2011 with contributions by Charlotte Cotton, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, James Ellroy, James Frey, AM Homes, and Bruce Wagner. In April 2011 an installation of previously unexhibited works from Carnal Knowledge will be shown at Blain|Southern in London.