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.