Red Grooms

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Best known for his extravagant life-sized artworks of stores, subways, and city scenes, Red Grooms populates these environments with offbeat, spirited, easily identifiable characters who strike a humorous chord. Intertwining sculpture with painting, his work transcends both traditional portraiture and caricature.
This is the first major book on Red Grooms's work published since 1984 and includes many drawings, personal photographs, and prints that have never been seen or ...
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Overview

Best known for his extravagant life-sized artworks of stores, subways, and city scenes, Red Grooms populates these environments with offbeat, spirited, easily identifiable characters who strike a humorous chord. Intertwining sculpture with painting, his work transcends both traditional portraiture and caricature.
This is the first major book on Red Grooms's work published since 1984 and includes many drawings, personal photographs, and prints that have never been seen or published. Many of his famed sculpto-pictoramas appear in full color and some in gatefolds, such as Moby Dick Meets the NYPL, Tennessee Carousel, and The Marathon.
Grooms's 1995 Grand Central Terminal is still remembered by thousands as a peak artistic experience. Other environments include an agricultural building for the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, the beloved Ruckus Manhattan (complete with subway car and Brooklyn Bridge), and a Ruckus Rodeo commissioned by the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art. Mixed-media pieces highlight portraits of classic and contemporary artists, from Toulouse-Lautrec to Francis Bacon. Hollywood greats, historical figures, even Chuck Berry, have been immortalized in the exuberant Grooms style.
Arthur Danto writes on Red Grooms and the spirit of comedy; Marco Livingstone's introduction contextualizes Red Grooms's work in the art of his time and discusses his relationship to Pop, Happenings, environmental art, and developments in painting; a recent interview with Red Grooms by Timothy Hyman completes the text.
Grooms's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and around the world. The artist lives in New York City and Nashville, Tennessee.
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Editorial Reviews

Thomas Hoving
Red Grooms so perfectly captures New York City in his art that at times we may forget it is art we are experiencing and not the city itself. But grand art it is. Its comedy, gentleness, warmth and inescapable busyness vibrate with the life of the place. Like members of the Ashcan School, and to an extent Reginald Marsh, Grooms captures the brawly, filthy, exciting, open-at-all-hours-of-the-year, disorganized nature of New York with a startling immediacy -- and with an attention to detail that renders the subject virtually sacred and an affection that brings tears to the eyes.
— The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847825776
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 6/19/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,283,780
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 12.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Danto is a retired professor of philosophy at Columbia University. He is the renowned art critic for The Nation.
Timothy Hyman is a British painter and writer.
Marco Livingstone is an art critic and curator who has written extensively on David Hockney, Duane Michals, and Jim Dine.
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