New York

Rosalyn Drexler

Grey Art Gallery

According to the show catalogue, Rosalyn Drexler’s original career as a painter occupied no more than a few years during the ’60s; by the end of that decade, her energies were concentrated on her performances as novelist and playwright—with a brief appearance as a wrestler—resulting in the persona with which we are most familiar.

Drexler’s retrospective exhibition, “Intimate Emotions,” forces us into some ironic art-historical contortions. What does not fail to arrest our attention is the work’s confrontation with marginality, and what this may say about the place of women artists at that time; and its uncanny coincidence with the visual effects of “pictures” painting that emerged some ten years later. Drexler’s figures, cut from media sources such as tabloid newspapers, magazines, and street advertising, were collaged onto canvas, schematically painted over, and contextualized by little

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