Red Grooms

Red Grooms was born in 1937 in Nashville, TN. The painter,

printmaker, and sculptor is associated with the Pop Art

movement, and best known for his site-specific installations

of cities. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before

moving to New York to attend the New School for Social


Grooms' early work focused on happenings, such as The

Burning Building (1959), which were performed on the

Lower East Side. In the late 1960s, Grooms began

constructing what he called sculpto-pictoramas,

three-dimensional constructions of intricate urban settings.

His City of Chicago (1967), for example, depicts the city's

most famous buildings and historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Al Capone.

Similarly, Ruckus Manhattan (1975) was a cartoon-like construction of the city’s subways

and landmarks, and invited the viewer to step into the immersive environment.

Grooms has also worked with a wide variety of printmaking techniques, such as

woodblock printing, stencils, and etchings. He produced several three-dimensional

portraits made of sculpted paper and lithographs, including one of Willem de Kooning

(American/Dutch, 1904-1997) in 1987. Grooms' work is included in several museum

collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Fort Worth

Art Museum in Texas, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He lives and works in New York.

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