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date: 07 December 2019

Drexler, Rosalynlocked

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American, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 24 November 1926, in the Bronx (New York).

Painter, sculptor. Figures.

Pop Art.

Rosalyn Drexler (born Rosalyn Bronznick) was passionate about the arts from an early age and developed mastery in a variety of media. She went to the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan to study voice and briefly studied for a semester at Hunter College; however, as a visual artist she is self-taught. She is also a renowned screenwriter and an author whose books include the highly acclaimed The Smithereens (1972), which was inspired by her professional wrestling career, in 1951. Drexler’s wrestling persona, ‘Rosa Carlo, the Mexican Spitfire’, was also the subject of a series of silkscreens by Andy Warhol.

Drexler’s artistic career began as a sculptor working with found objects. She had some early success with her sculptures and was encouraged by gallerist Ivan Karp and artists Franz Kline and David Smith. In ...

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