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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Waltham, Rose Art Museum; Buffalo, Albright Knox Art Museum; St. Louis, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?, February 11, 2016 – April 17, 2017
    New York, Garth Greenan Gallery, Rosalyn Drexler: Occupational Hazard, September 7 – October 21, 2017

  • Literature

    “Art: Rosalyn Drexler.” Time Out, no. 1107 (2017) p. 49
    Rosalyn Drexler, “Influences: Rosalyn Drexler.” Frieze, no. 190 (2017) pp. 13, 15

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rosalyn Drexler
    Born 1926, Bronx

    Selected museum exhibitions: Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts (2016); Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1998); New York University (1986); PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (1978); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1965); Whitney Museum of American Art (1965); American Federation of Arts, New York (1964); Oakland Art Museum, California (1963)

    Selected honors: Honorary Doctorate, University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2007); John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1977); NEA Fellowship in Painting (1976); Adaline Kent Award (1973); Emmy Award for Best Writing for Comedy-Variety (1973); Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (1965); Obie Award (1964, 1973, 1985); James D. Phelan Award for Painting (1962)
    Selected public collections: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art; New York University; Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts; St. Louis Art Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art

    An accomplished novelist, playwright, and once even a professional wrestler, Rosalyn Drexler is best known as an artist. First emerging as a sculptor during the Abstract Expressionist era, she shifted her practice as Pop emerged, creating paintings by working from photographs, then applying paint over them in blocks of color. In Masked Reader, 1988, a suited man reads while holding a teacup and cigarette. She makes his conventional appearance bizarre by including his prominent mask, a motif that the artist returned to throughout her career. This mask suggests mystery and a hidden appearance – and perhaps a hidden agenda. “Power, desolation, destruction, blather, broken promises…” said Drexler about these works “It seems like things repeat themselves.”


Masked Reader

signed and dated on a label affixed to the reverse
acrylic and paper collage on canvas
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Executed in 1988.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019