NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams
is presenting Lynne Drexler: Play of Color, a private-selling exhibition, public view now through April 14 in New York. Featuring 29 works by the lyrically abstract American painter, the exhibition charts the evolution of Lynne Drexlers (1928-1999) signature style from early to mid-career through precursory works on paper, works on board, and oil paintings. Drexler was an inimitable 20th century artist whose charged work and life exuded a vitality that is now experiencing overdue, renewed art historical and market interest. The exhibition is curated by gallerist and art consultant, John Kenneth Alexander, a longstanding champion of the artist.
Trained by Robert Motherwell and Hans Hofmann, Drexler toiled in the Abstract Expressionist-dominant New York in the 1950s. While her embrace of push-pull color theory is evident in her work, mosaic fields that exude vitality and establish atmospheric depth, Drexlers discontent with the commercial New York scene, where she saw limited success, urged her to relocate to the remote Monhegan Island, Maine. A self-proclaimed hermit, the coastal reprieve proved to be both profoundly spiritual and productive for the artist, functioning akin to Giverny for Monet, Tahiti for Gauguin, New Mexico for OKeeffe. Working in a place where everything was reduced to essentials, Drexler became prolific, painting voraciously and lining her hallways with saturated canvases toppling one another.
In 2008, Monhegan Museum and the Portland Museum of Art presented a solo exhibition of Drexlers works that depicted her external, natural surroundings diffused with her internal landscapes, precipitating a resurgence. Today, her works are in the collections of major institutions including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, and fetch top prices in the secondary market.
Bonhams exhibition maps the progression of Drexlers artistic career from 1957 to the late 1960s, as she pushed the boundaries of color, gesture, spatiality, and play to establish the signature style she is best known for. The works on paper and paintings on view will be available for private sale. Highlights presented in the exhibition include:
Feather Blue, 1968, oil on canvas, 49 1/2 by 44 in.
Stumps, 1968, oil on canvas, 47 3/4 by 35 1/2 in.
Green Gage I, 1959, oil on canvas, 14 by 17 1/2 in.
Untitled, 1959, gouache on paper, 19 by 24 1/2 in.
Raucous Green, 1965, oil on canvas, 48 by 36 in.
Untitled, 1960, crayon and watercolor on paper, 19 by 25 in.
Bonhams will continue to champion Drexler who is finally gaining the massive acclaim that her extraordinary works deserve," commented Andrew Huber, Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art in New York.