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.

Timeline

1937
Born in Nashville, USA
1955
Attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
1956
Attended George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, USA
1956
Attended New School for Social Research, New York, USA
1957
Attended Hans Hoffman School of Fine Arts, Provincetown, USA
1970
California PS Grant for Film, New York, USA
1982
Cornucopia, commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA
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, USA
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, USA
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, USA

Exhibitions

2011
Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
2007
Red Grooms: Recent Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Wit & Whimsy, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
2006
Sculpture, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
2005
Landscape, Cityscape, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Nassau Red! Red Grooms: Ruckus in Roslyn, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, USA (solo)
2004
Red Grooms: New Works in Wood, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2003
La Fête, Le Bellevue, Biarritz, France; traveled to Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad, Valencia, Spain
2002
Red Grooms: Recent Works, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2001
Self-Made Men, DC Moore Gallery, New York, USA
2000
Déjà vu: Reworking the Past, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, USA
1999
Red Grooms: New Works, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1998
Red Grooms and the Heroism of Modern Life, Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA (solo)
Coming off the Wall, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, USA
1997
Traveling with Red Grooms, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1996
Red Grooms: A Personal Art History, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, USA (solo)
1995
Red Grooms: Sculpture and Works on Paper 1980-1994, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, USA
Filmmuseum, Potsdam, Germany
Red Grooms's Dame of the Narrows and the Greater New York Harbor, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, USA
1994
Target: Red Grooms!, Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Malibu, USA
Red Grooms, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
1993
Red Grooms, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, USA
Red Grooms at Grand Central, Grand Central Terminal, New York, USA
Red Grooms' Ruckus Rodeo, Rockwell Museum, Corning, USA
Have Brush Will Travel: Red Grooms' Watercolor World, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
1992
Ruckus Rodeo, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, USA
Red Grooms: New Work, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Red Grooms: Dame of the Narrows, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, USA
The Burning Building (revival) and Hot Water, Cabaret Voltaire, New York, USA
Red Grooms, Kathryn Ellman Gallery, Aspen, USA
1986–1991
Red Grooms: The Graphic Work, Organized by the Fine Arts Center, Nashville, USA
1990
Red Grooms: Tourist Traps and Other Places, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Red Grooms: Oeuvres Récentes, FIAC 1990 for Marlborough Gallery New York, USA
1989
Traveling with Red Grooms: Watercolors 1987-89, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
1987
Red Grooms: Recent Prints, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Recent Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Red Grooms: Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Graphics, Simms Fine Art, New Orleans, USA
1986
Homage to Red Grooms, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, USA
Rembrandt Takes a Walk; Gouaches for the book by Mark Strand, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Marlborough Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan
Red Grooms: A Retrospective 1956-1984, organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, USA
1985
Red Grooms: Recent Work, Marlborough Fine Art, London, England
Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, USA
Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
Red Grooms: The Alley, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Red Grooms!, Sette Publishing Co., Tempe, USA
1984
Red Grooms: Recent Work, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
1983
Graphics from the 80s, Unicorn Gallery, Aspen, USA
Maquettes, Monotypes and Graphics, Anderson Ranch, Aspen, USA
Public Works-Private Patrons: Images of Modern Times by Red Grooms, Tampa Museum, Tampa; Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, USA
Ruckus Rodeo, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA
1982
Red Grooms: Philadelphia Cornucopia, Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Red Grooms: Welcome to Cleveland, New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
Red Grooms: Prints of the Seventies, organized by Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, USA
Red Grooms: Ruckus Manhattan, Seibu Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Red Grooms 1977-1982, Carlson Gallery at University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, USA
Red Grooms: From the Permanent Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
1981
Ruckus Rodeo, Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, USA
Red Grooms: Originals from Local Collections, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, USA
Red Grooms: Recent Works, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Ruckus Manhattan Revisited, Burlington House, New York, USA
1980
Red Grooms: Works from the 60s, Hatton Art Gallery at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, USA
Camp Gallery/ Signet Fine Prints, St. Louis, USA
Discount Store, Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami, Miami, USA
1979
The Bookstore, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, USA
Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
Discount Store, Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
1978
Martin Wiley Gallery, Nashville, USA
Discount Store, State University of New York, Purchase, USA
1977
Galerie Roger d'Amecourt, Paris, France
New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
1976
Ruckus Manhattan, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
1975
Works on Paper, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, USA
1972
Hippodrome Hardware, Ruckus Studio, New York, USA
Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, USA
Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, USA
Fredrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1971
John Bernard Myers Gallery, New York, USA
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
1970
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, USA
1968
Berkeley Eruption, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
1966
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, USA
1965
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, USA
1963
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, USA
1962
Nashville Artists Guild, Nashville, USA
1960
The Magic Train Ride, Reuben Gallery, New York, USA
1959
The Walking Man, Sun Gallery, Provincetown, USA
The Burning Building, Delancey Street Museum, New York, USA
City Gallery, New York, USA
1958
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, USA