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Fresh News (Men and Machines)

Artist
Rosalyn Drexler, American, born 1926
Date
1965
Material
Acrylic and paper collage on canvas
Made in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 254
Dimensions
40 × 50 in. (101.6 × 127 cm)
Credit Line
Siteman Contemporary Art Fund
Rights
© 2020 Rosalyn Drexler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object Number
112:2017
NOTES
In this image, taken from a photograph and abstracted, two men in suits supervise a new kind of commercial printing press, the Heidelberg Rotaspeed. Painting in large patches of flat, primary colors, artist Rosalyn Drexler omitted any clues to the figures’ identities, conflating these men with the machine they operate. In her Men and Machines series, Drexler demystified the promises of 1960s technological progress and corporate capitalism. Exposing lingering anxieties of the Cold War era, such as the loss of human agency in the face of industrial advances, Drexler’s paintings undercut the false confidence of postwar American society in affluence and worldwide leadership.
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