: Born in 1937
: Lives in New York
Red Grooms is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, filmmaker, and showman par excellence. His major installations, "Ruckus Manhattan", "The City of Chicago", and "Tut's Fever" have stretched the boundaries of sculpture and painting and excited the imaginations of thousands of viewers.
Red Grooms and Master printer Bud Shark began their many print collaborations in 1981 with "Mountaintime", followed in 1982 by their first three-dimensional lithograph, "Ruckus Taxi". The range of prints produced by Grooms and Shark include `flatsos', flat-color lithographs, like "Elvis" and "Van Gogh with Sunflowers", three-dimensional lithographs, "London Bus", "Little Italy" and "Times Square", three-dimensional lithographs with moving parts, "Red's Roxy", and "Holy Hula", woodcuts, "Noa Noa" and numerous monotypes.
In his recent 3-D lithograph, "Ruckus Tugboat", Grooms turns his eye to New York's harbor and its hard working tugboats. This tug, the "Lysiane”, steams through rolling waves…with smoke billowing from its smokestack. Sailing past a buoy with a seagull perched on top….the deck hand prepares to throw a lifesaver to a man overboard. Hidden in the waters are a green suited man with concrete boots and a shark, its fin visible in the wave. Grooms’ eye for detail captures the fittings on the boat and the captain and crew in the cabin.
Red Grooms' work is exhibited widely in the United States, Europe and Japan. He is represented in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, The Denver Art Museum, The Fort Worth Art Museum, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela, and numerous others.
A catalogue raisonné of Grooms prints "Red Grooms: The Graphic Work" has been published by Harry Abrams. A retrospective exhibition of his prints traveled to museums across the US between 2001 and 2006.
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