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