Red Grooms  (American, 1937) 

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Red Grooms (American, b.1937) is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor associated with the Pop Art movement, and best known for his site-specific installations of cities. Born in Nashville, TN, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York to attend the New School for Social Research. 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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Red Grooms, Heads Up D.H.

 

Red Grooms
Heads Up D.H.
1980

Gallart.com
Red Grooms, Red's Roxy

 

Red Grooms
Red's Roxy
1985

Sondra Mayer Fine Art
Red Grooms, Creative Time Inc

 

Red Grooms
Creative Time Inc
1980

(Art) Amalgamated
Red Grooms, Subway

 

Red Grooms
Subway
1983

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Red Grooms, Charlie Chaplin

 

Red Grooms
Charlie Chaplin
1986

Markowicz Fine Art
Red Grooms, Red's Roxy

 

Red Grooms
Red's Roxy
1984

Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art
Red Grooms, Katharine, Marcel and the Bride

 

Red Grooms
Katharine, Marcel and the Bride
Shaheen Modern & Contemporary Art
Red Grooms, Anthony Van Dyck at the Court of Charles I

 

Red Grooms
Anthony Van Dyck at the Court of Charles I
2012

Marlborough Gallery
Red Grooms, Ruckus Taxi

 

Red Grooms
Ruckus Taxi
1986

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Red Grooms, Gertrude Stein 2-D

 

Red Grooms
Gertrude Stein 2-D, 1975
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Red Grooms, Pierpont Morgan Library

 

Red Grooms
Pierpont Morgan Library, 1982
color off-set lithograph

 

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Red Grooms, Matisse in Nice

 

Red Grooms
Matisse in Nice, 1992
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1937   Born in Nashville, Tennessee, TN
1955   Attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1956   Attended George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, TN
1956   Attended New School for Social Research, New York, NY
1957   Attended Hans Hoffman School of Fine Arts, Provincetown, MA
1970   California PS Grant for Film, New York, NY
1982   Cornucopia, commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
1983   Recipient, Artists of the Year Award, 3rd Annual Arts Education Convention
1986   Recipient, Governor’s Award in the Arts, State of Tennessee
1986   Recipient, National Arts Club Award, Gold Medal Honor
1990   Recipient, Founders Medal, Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, PA
1996   Some Like it Hot and Imaike Broadway commissioned by the City of Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan
1996   Recipient, Art Masters Award, Artist Award: Sculpture
1998   Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel, permanent outdoor installation, Nashville, TN
2000   Elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters
2003   Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, National Academy of Design
2004   Piragüas de Frambuesa/Strawberry Ice Cones, monumental sculpture commissioned for Coamo, Puerto Rico
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2011   Mralborough Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Red Grooms: Recent Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, September 24 – October 27 (solo)
2007   Wit & Whimsy, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, March 6 - 31
2007   Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, June 6 – September 21
2006   Sculpture, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, January 5-28
2005   Landscape,Cityscape, Marlborough Gallery, New York
2005   Nassau Red! Red Grooms: Ruckus in Roslyn, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York (solo)
2004   Red Grooms: New Works in Wood, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
2004   Colored Pencil, KS Art, New York, New York
2003   La Fête, Le Bellevue, Biarritz, France; traveled to Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad, Valencia, Spain
2003   The Human Comedy: Portraits by Red Grooms, Katonah Museum of Art (solo)
2002   Red Grooms: Recent Works, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
2002   Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection, traveled to City Museum, St.
2001   Self-Made Men, DC Moore Gallery, New York, New York
2000   Déjà vu: Reworking the Past, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York.
1999   Red Grooms - New Works, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
1998   Red Grooms and the Heroism of Modern Life, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania (solo)
1998   Coming off the Wall, The Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1997   Traveling with Red Grooms, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
1996   Red Grooms: A Personal Art History, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut (solo)
1995   Red Grooms: Sculpture and Works on Paper 1980-1994, The Wood Street Galleries Pittsburgh, PA
1995   The Filmmuseum, The Filmmuseum Potsdam, Germany
1995   Red Grooms: What's All the Ruckus About?, Traveling Exhibition, Watercolors TN, FL, GA, MD
1994 - 1995   Red Grooms's Dame of the Narrows and the Greater New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn, NY
1994   Target: Red Grooms!, Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
1993 - 1994   Red Grooms, Nagoya City Art Museum Nagoya, Japan
1993   Red Grooms, Art Museum of Southeast Texas Beaumont, TX
1993   Red Grooms at Grand Central, Grand Central Terminal New York, NY
1993   Red Grooms' Ruckus Rodeo, Rockwell Museum Corning, NY
1993   Have Brush Will Travel: Red Grooms' Watercolor World, Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1992   Ruckus Rodeo, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Arvada, CO
1992   Red Grooms: New Work, Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1992   Red Grooms: Dame of the Narrows, Long term installation, Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn, NY
1992   The Burning Building (revival) and Hot Water, Live Performances, Cabaret Voltaire New York, NY
1991 - 1992   Red Grooms, Kathryn Ellman Gallery Aspen, CO
1986 - 1991   Red Grooms: The Graphic Work, Organized by the Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN Traveling Exhibition
1990   Red Grooms: Tourist Traps and Other Places, Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1990   Red Grooms: Oeuvres Récentes, FIAC 1990 for Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1989   Traveling with Red Grooms: Watercolors 1987-89, Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1987   Red Grooms: Recent Prints, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1987   Recent Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1987   Red Grooms: Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1987   Graphics, Simms Fine Art New Orleans, LA
1986   Homage to Red Grooms, Cumberland Gallery Nashville, TN
1986   Rembrandt Takes a Walk; Gouaches for the book by Mark Strand, Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1986   Marlborough Fine Art, Marlborough Fine Art Tokyo, Japan
1985 - 1986   Red Grooms: A Retrospective 1956-1984, Organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Traveling Exhibition
1985   Red Grooms-Recent Work, Marlborough Fine Art London, England
1985   Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Hokin Kaufman Gallery Chicago, IL
1985   Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Benjamin Mangel Gallery Philadelphia, PA
1985   Red Grooms: The Alley, Circulo de Bellas Artes Madrid, Spain
1985   Red Grooms!, Sette Publishing Co. Tempe, AZ
1985   Small Fry Gangster, Film by Red Grooms Edited by David Saunders
1984   Man Waking Up, Acted in by Red Grooms Film by Rudy Burckhardt
1984   Red Grooms: Recent Work, Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1983   Graphics from the 80s, Unicorn Gallery Aspen, CO
1983   Maquettes, Monotypes and Graphics, Anderson Ranch Aspen, CO
1983   Public Works-Private Patrons: Images of Modern Times by Red Grooms, Tampa Museum; Hunter Museum Tampa, FL; Chattanooga, TN
1983   Ruckus Rodeo, North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, NC
1982   Red Grooms: Philadelphia Cornucopia, Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1982   Red Grooms: Welcome to Cleveland, The New Gallery of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH
1982   Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Benjamin Mangel Gallery Philadelphia, PA
1982   Red Grooms: Prints of the Seventies, Traveling Exhibition Organized by Fine Arts Center, Cheekwood, Nashville, TN
1982   Red Grooms: Ruckus Manhattan, Seibu Museum Tokyo, Japan
1982   Red Grooms 1977-1982, Carlson Gallery University of Bridgeport, CT
1982   Red Grooms: From the Permanent Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, D.C.
1981   Ruckus Rodeo, Aspen Center for the Visual Arts Aspen, CO
1981   Red Grooms: Originals from Local Collections, Montgomery Bell Academy Nashville, TN
1981   Red Grooms: Recent Works, Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1981   Ruckus Manhattan Revisited, Burlington House New York, NY
1980   Red Grooms: Works from the 60s, Hatton Art Gallery Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
1980   Camp Gallery/ Signet Fine Prints, Camp Gallery/ Signet Fine Prints St. Louis, MO
1980   Discount Store, The Lowe Art Museum University of Miami, FL
1980   Hippodrome Hardware, Film by Ruckus Studios, with Mimi Gross edited by David Saunders
1979   The Bookstore, Hudson River Museum Yonkers, NY
1979   Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Benjamin Mangel Gallery Philadelphia, PA
1979   Discount Store, Anderson Gallery Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
1978   Martin Wiley Gallery, Martin Wiley Gallery Nashville, TN
1978   Discount Store, State University of New York Purchase, NY
1978   Little Red Riding Hood, Film by Red Grooms Photography by Rudy Burckhardt
1977   Galerie Roger d'Amecourt, Galerie Roger d'Amecourt Paris, France
1977   The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, The New Gallery of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH
1976   Ruckus Manhattan, Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
1975 - 1976   Ruckus Manhattan, Produced by Ruckus Studios with Mimi Gross 88 Pine Street, New York, NY
1975 - 1976   Ruckus Manhattan, Film by Ruckus Studios, with Mimi Gross
1975   Works on Paper, Brooke Alexander Gallery New York, NY
1974   Grow Great, Film by Ruckus Studios with Mimi Gross
1973 - 1974   The Ruckus World of Red Grooms, Traveling Exhibition New Brunswick, NJ; New York, NY; Caracas, Venezuela
1972 - 1973   The Conquest of Libya by Italia 1912-1913, Film by Ruckus Studios with Mimi Gross
1972   Hippodrome Hardware, Live Performance, Ruckus Studio New York, NY
1972   Allan Frumkin Gallery, Allan Frumkin Gallery Chicago, IL
1972   Fine Arts Center, Fine Arts Center Cheekwood, Nashville, TN
1972   Fredrick Gallery, Fredrick Gallery Washington, DC
1971   John Bernard Myers Gallery, John Bernard Myers Gallery New York, NY
1971   Institute of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MA
1970   Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tibor de Nagy Gallery New York, NY
1970   Red Grooms' Target Discount Store, Film produced by Ruckus Studios with Mimi Gross Film by Allan Kraning
1969 - 1970   Tappy Toes, Film produced by Ruckus Studios with Mimi Gross Music by John Herbert McDowell
1969   Encyclopedia of the Blessed, Acted in by Red Grooms Film by Mike Kuchar
1968   Meow Meow, Film by Red Grooms with Yvonne Anderson
1968   Berkeley Eruption, Live Performance, University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA
1967   City of Chicago, Traveling Exhibition Chicago, IL; Venice, Italy; Washington, D.C.; etc.
1966   Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tibor de Nagy Gallery New York, NY
1966   Fat Feet, Film Produced by Ruckus Studios with Mimi Gross Photography by Yvonne Anderson
1965   Secret of Wendel Sampson, Acted in by Red Grooms Film by Mike Kuchar
1965   Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tibor de Nagy Gallery New York, NY
1962 - 1965   Ruckus Shorts, Film Produced by Ruckus Studios with Mimi Gross Photography by Rudy Berckhardt
1964   Lurk, Acted in by Red Grooms Film by Rudy Burckhardt
1963   Miracle on the B.M.T., Acted in by Red Grooms Film by Rudy Burckhardt
1963   Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tibor de Nagy Gallery New York, NY
1962   Nashville Artists Guild, Nashville Artists Guild Nashville, TN
1962   Shoot the Moon, Film produced by Ruckus Studios with Mimi Gross Photography by Rudy Berckhardt
1961   The Unwelcome Guest, Film produced by Ruckus Studios with Mimi Gross
1960   The Magic Train Ride, Live Performance, Reuben Gallery New York, NY
1960   Ruben Gallery, Ruben Gallery New York, NY
1959   The Walking Man, Live Performance, Sun Gallery Provincetown, MA
1959   The Burning Building, Live Performance, Delancey Street Museum New York, NY
1958 - 1959   City Gallery, City Gallery New York, NY
1958   Sun Gallery, Sun Gallery Provincetown, MA
1958   Play Called Fire, Live Performance, Sun Gallery Provincetown, MA