Rosalyn Drexler, Marilyn Pursued By Death, 1963, acrylic and paper collage on canvas, 50” x 40″, courtesy of the artist.
Men confront us in Rosalyn Drexler’s paintings and collages, and they confront themselves. They cross women’s lives. Their look, their obsessions, fantasies, and fears are routed into Drexler’s painting from the pages of pulp detective novels, tabloid journalism, and from television and gangster B-movies. While biology may determine sex, culture fashions gender. That is, society and history make the man. But to what ends? Drexler’s paintings reveal the purposes and the fall of man at the end of the millennium. They combine Pop Art and geometric abstraction to frame society’s understanding of itself as mediated through the theater of pop-cultural representation.