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Rosalyn Drexler

American, b. 1926

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Rosalyn Drexler

American, b. 1926

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Rosalyn Drexler was one of the early artists to mine American kitsch and pop culture for her practice. In the early 1960s, Drexler created paintings by collaging images from B-movies, tabloids, and pulp novels directly onto her canvases, before painting over them in a cool, flat style with acrylic paint. These works were exhibited alongside paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and others in the “First International Girlie Exhibit”, an early exhibition of the Pop movement. But unlike her counterparts’ smooth, machinelike methods of creating surfaces, Drexler’s hand was evident in her work. Her life has been as multifaceted as her subject matter; Drexler was a professional wrestler and a novelist, and has written, among other things, an adaptation of the screenplay Rocky.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Biography

Rosalyn Drexler was one of the early artists to mine American kitsch and pop culture for her practice. In the early 1960s, Drexler created paintings by collaging images from B-movies, tabloids, and pulp novels directly onto her canvases, before painting over them in a cool, flat style with acrylic paint. These works were exhibited alongside paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and others in the “First International Girlie Exhibit”, an early exhibition of the Pop movement. But unlike her counterparts’ smooth, machinelike methods of creating surfaces, Drexler’s hand was evident in her work. Her life has been as multifaceted as her subject matter; Drexler was a professional wrestler and a novelist, and has written, among other things, an adaptation of the screenplay Rocky.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Rosalyn Drexler
11 Female Artists Who Left Their Mark on Pop Art
Dec 2nd, 2016
11 Female Artists Who Left Their Mark on Pop Art
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