The Rose Art Museum presents first Rosalyn Drexler retrospective

Posted January 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm in Art, News

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University’s first retrospective exhibition of work by the American artist Rosalyn Drexler opens next month. Curator-at-large Katy Siegel and Curatorial Assistant Caitlin Julia Rubin have collaborated to create a highly original exhibition which features pieces from Drexler’s wide multi-disciplinary portfolio.

Rosalyn Drexler, Self-Portrait, 1964. Beth Rudin DeWoody. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler _ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New YorkRosalyn Drexler, Self-Portrait, 1964. Beth Rudin DeWoody. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler:
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

 

The title of the show – Who Does She Think She Is? – lends itself to the duality of Drexler’s works and character that both denounces and rejoices in American culture of the past 50 years.

Acclaimed as a screenplay writer and novelist as well as a prolific artist, Bronx-born Drexler has created pop-culture-inspired paintings and collages, socially engaged sculptures and award-winning plays and novels, and photographic and video documentation of the flamboyant performance aspects of her life and work, that reveal Drexler inner turmoil deriving from personal and social conflict augmented by political awareness.

 

Rosalyn Drexler, The Defenders, 1963. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler _ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York-2Rosalyn Drexler, The Defenders, 1963. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.
© 2016 Rosalyn Drexler: Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

 

Drexler’s pieces encompass her own identity, distinctive moments of which she was a vital figure as well as conveys her unapologetic attraction to sex and vulgarity. Rose Art Museum display follows her engaged work exploring feminist issues, race, violence and masculine power in post war America through to most recent creations.

Rosalyn Drexler, Love and Violence, 1965. Beth Rudin DeWoody. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler _ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
Rosalyn Drexler, Love and Violence, 1965. Beth Rudin DeWoody. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler:
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

 Rosalyn Drexler lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.

by Magda Pirowska

Who Does She Think She Is? is at  The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA and runs from February 12  – June 5, 2016, with an opening reception taking place on February 11, from 5 – 9pm.

Entrance to the museum is free and open to the public from Tues – Sun, noon – 5 PM, with extended hours from noon – 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays

For more information, visit here or call 781-736-3434.

Front page image: Rosalyn Drexler, Climbing Out of a Painting Ain’t Easy, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler : Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

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