[Joshua examines an exhibition of Drexler’s work spanning the heyday of Pop Art to the late ’80s, when painting was no longer in vogue. — the artblog editors] At Garth Greenan Gallery, Rosalyn Drexler presents the absurd and ominous in a comic-like manner in her most recent exhibition, Vulgar Lives, bringing together work that spans several decades. Her works border on violent and vulgar, highlighting central themes such as violence against women, racism, and social alienation. Her use of bright colors and whimsy juxtaposes these serious topics in an amusing way–a practice common among Pop artists. Drexler brings together reality ... More » »
[In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary in 2013, we’re bringing you posts from the past. Here, Roberta raves about a 2007 retrospective of pop artist Rosalyn Drexler’s work — the artblog editors] Painter of pop noir, Rosalyn Drexler, whose collage paintings from the 1960s blew us away when they appeared at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in 2004, is having a solo show at Pace Wildenstein Gallery [which returned to being the Pace Gallery in 2010]! This is excellent news for all who are interested in correcting art history’s record and including strong artists like Drexler who were overlooked the first time around. I interviewed Drexler ... More » »
Sid Sachs has been writing artists into the art history record for as long as we’ve known him. Tom Nozkowski (at least a decade before he got regular and deserved coverage), Chris Martin, Ree Morton, Rosalyn Drexler– those are a few of the names we knew first through Sachs, who championed them as curator of the UArts gallery, Rosenwald-Wolf.
Amazing, thoughtful review of Sid Sachs’ Seductive Subversion show (originating at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery and now at the Brooklyn Museum) by Ken Johnson in Friday’s NY Times. The show is Sachs’ original scholarship on the Women of Pop era, long unsung and overlooked.
Some great Pop artists who have fallen off the art historical map are now on view in the exhibit Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968, at the University of the Arts.
Pop Artist Rosalyn Drexler to Receive Honorary Doctorate at 129th Uarts Commencement From today’s press release: Pop Art pioneer Rosalyn Drexler will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree and address more than 500 graduates and their friends and families at the 129th Commencement of The University of the Arts on May 24 at Philadelphia’s famed Academy of Music. Said UArts President Miguel Angel Corzo: “It gives me great pleasure knowing that the University will honor an artist as committed to her crafts as Rosalyn. The versatility and interdisciplinary spirit of her work exemplifies the spirit of The University ... More » »
Rosalyn Drexler, Race for Time, 1964 Here’s a few photos from the opening Thursday night of Rosalyn Drexler‘s show “I am the Beautiful Stranger: Paintings of the ’60s” at PaceWildenstein. We at artblog have been beating the drum for this artist since we saw her amazing show in 2004 at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Rosalyn Drexler, right, dressed like her paintings, in 3 basic colors: white, black and red. We asked the artist, who we believe may be 80 years old, how she got this show at Pace. She told us that she emailed Arnie (Glimcher, head of the gallery), with whom ... More » »
Painter of pop noir, Rosalyn Drexler, whose collage paintings from the 1960s blew us away when they appeared at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in 2004, is having a solo show at Pace Wildenstein Gallery! This is excellent news for all who are interested in correcting art history’s record and including strong artists like Drexler who were overlooked the first time around. I interviewed Drexler in 2004 (read the Q&A) and found her to be a warm, smart, nicely-quirky and delightful person. The Pace show, in the gallery’s 545 W. 22nd St. space, is called I am the Beautiful Stranger: Paintings of the ... More » »
[Note — I spoke by phone with Rosalyn Drexler on Mar 17, 2004. Drexler’s work is on view at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. (for more pictures and a critique see my earlier post.) RF Walking among your works I felt like they had a lot to say to a contemporary art audience. Themes of gender, television and the media, violence, surveillance. So why is it I don’t know your work? (top image is “This is My Wedding” 1963) RD Laughs. You couldn’t have known my work. How could you? RF But I read you’re in the Hirshhorn collection…the Whitney. Don’t they have ... More » »