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Red Grooms Art

American, b. 1937

Charles Roger Grooms was born in 1937 in Nashville, Tennessee, a city that, with its lively honky-tonk scene and the theatricality of the historic Grand Ole Opry, would later influence much of his work. Nicknamed for his ginger hair, Red enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1955. A self-proclaimed “restless and undisciplined student,” Grooms spent the next few years moving between schools and cities, including the New School in New York, Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, and Hans Hofmann’s summer school in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Frustrated with the academic track and anxious to enter the New York art scene, Grooms abandoned formal education to focus exclusively on creating art and securing exhibition opportunities in his Chelsea neighborhood. There, he found quick success and a supportive circle of artists that became close friends and collaborators.

From the start of his career, Grooms has worked in multiple media, from painting, printmaking, and sculpture, to installation art, filmmaking, and theatrical experiences known as “Happenings.” Much of his art blurs the boundaries between these different forms, such as his large-scale, carefully-crafted environments he calls “sculpto-pictoramas,” and smaller objects like Dalí Salad. In this example, Grooms combines silkscreened and lithographic elements with a wooden base and acrylic dome to create a three-dimensional portrait of the famous Surrealist artist.

Grooms is perhaps best known for his colorful and comedic commentary on the culture, politics, and figures associated with the American urban environment and art historical traditions. Relying on satire and caricature, Grooms’ art has paid homage to a wide range of artists including Rembrandt, Auguste Rodin, Thomas Eakins, and Benjamin West, as well as national icons like Thomas Jefferson and Chuck Berry. Grooms’ disparate output is so difficult to classify that he has been compared to the influential Dada artist, Marcel Duchamp. Like Duchamp, Grooms often deliberately confronts the art world establishment, noting in 1974 that “it’s good to have . . . something to go against.”

Despite his affinity for defying the mainstream, Grooms is routinely cited by scholars as one of the leading American artists of his generation and was honored with the National Academy of Design’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. The subject of a 1984 mid-career retrospective exhibition held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the artist’s work can be found in public collections across the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, as well as in many international museums.

- The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

(Biography provided by Helicline Fine Art)
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Samurai
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color lithograph, Edition 40. Red Grooms and Master printer Bud Shark began their many print collaborations in 1981 with “Mountaintime”, followed in 1982 by their first three-dimens...
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1990s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Pierpont Morgan Library
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Red Grooms, American (1937 - ) Title: Pierpont Morgan Library Year: 1982 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 300, 40 AP's Paper Size: 15 x 38 inches Fr...
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1980s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Elvis
By Red Grooms
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Unframed. Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrai...
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20th Century Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Red's Roxy
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Complete with moving film strip (operated by crank handle and viewable through the tiny theatre windows), Red’s Roxy is one of the most fun and clever of the artist’s three-dimension...
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Late 20th Century Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

You can have a body like mine!
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
You Can Have a Body Like Mine! Red Grooms, American (1937) Date: 1978 Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition of 85/150 Image Size: 24 x 17.75 inches Size: 31 x 25 in. (78...
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1970s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Screen

London Bus, 3-D Lithograph Sculpture by Red Grooms
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Red Grooms, American (1937 - ) Title: London Bus Year: 1983 - 1984 Medium: 3-D Lithograph Construction on BFK Rives in a Plexi-Box, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 5/6...
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1980s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Blewy I, Pop Art Silkscreen by Red Grooms
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Red Grooms, American (1937 - ) Title: Blewy I Year: 1971 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 150, AP VII/XII Paper Size: 14 x 18 inches (35 x 45 cm) F...
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1970s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Screen

Jackson in Action
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color 3-D lithograph in Plexiglas box, Edition 75 Red Grooms and Master printer Bud Shark began their many print collaborations in 1981 with "Mountaintime", followed in 1982 by th...
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1990s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Fall of Jericho
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
“Fall of Jericho" was commissioned by Vera List, Byrone, Connecticut, for her grandson Joshua Lincoln Mack’s Bar Mitzvah in New York. It was mailed with the invitation to the guests....
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1970s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Etching

Traffic!
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color 3-D lithograph, Edition 75. Red Grooms is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, filmmaker, and showman par excellence. His major installations, “Ruckus Manhattan”, “The City of Chi...
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1990s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Red Grooms Moonstruck Porcelain Sculpture Plate 3D Manhattan NYC Cartoon
By Red Grooms
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Moonstruck 1994 3D porcelain ceramic plate. limited edition. Red Grooms (born Charles Rogers Grooms on June 7, 1937) is an American multimedia artist best known for his colorful po...
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1990s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Porcelain, Screen

"Discount Store," Screenprint with Drawing, 1971
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Red Grooms, American (1937 - ) Title: Discount Store Year: 1971 Medium: Silkscreen with Marker Drawing, signed and dated Size: 11.5 x 29 in. (29.21 x 73.66 cm) Frame Size: 1...
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1970s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Graphite, Screen

London Bus
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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1980s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Ruckus Taxi
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color 3-D lithograph in Plexiglas box. Edition 75 Red Grooms and Master printer Bud Shark began their many print collaborations in 1981 with “Mountaintime”, followed in 1982 by the...
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1980s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

The Carriage Trade
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color 3-D lithograph in wood frame In Red Grooms’ newest three-dimensional print, "The Carriage Trade", the artist once again casts his acute eye on life in New York City. He capt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Red Grooms, Untitled, from The International Anthology of Contemporary Engraving
By Red Grooms
Located in London, GB
Etching on BFK Rives paper, 1962, signed and numbered E.A. from the edition of 60, printed by Atelier Georges Leblanc, Paris, published by Galleria Schwarz, Milan, 25.2 x 19.2 cm. F...
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1960s American Realist Red Grooms Art

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Etching

A - Train
By Red Grooms
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Red Grooms has been drawing and painting New York City life for many years - this etching of the A train is a wonderful example of Grooms' description of 'only in New York'. with al...
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2010s Realist Red Grooms Art

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Etching, Aquatint

1988 Red Grooms 'van Gogh with Sunflowers' Pop Art Multicolor USA Lithograph Fra
By Red Grooms
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 34 x 22 inches ( 86.36 x 55.88 cm ) Image Size: 25 x 17 inches ( 63.5 x 43.18 cm ) Framed: Yes Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional De...
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1980s Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Creative Time Inc. Red Grooms exhibition poster
By Red Grooms
Located in Hudson, NY
Original exhibition poster for Ruckus Manhattan by Red Grooms and the Ruckus Construction Company, 1975. Presented by Creative Time, Inc. Lithograph with offset lithographic photo el...
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1970s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Printer's Ink, Offset

"Jackson Pollock," Red Grooms, New York School Pop Art Portrait
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms (American, b. 1937) Jackson Pollock, 1986 Pastel on paperboard 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches Signed and dated lower right Provenance: Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York Charles Rog...
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1980s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Pastel, Board

Untitled (Blanche Lazelle)
By Red Grooms
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This print is part of a portfolio celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Provincetown Arts Center. Red Grooms first went to Provincetown in 1957 when he attended the Hans Hofmann S...
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2010s Realist Red Grooms Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Heavy Metal
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Etching

"Matisse Cut Outs V"
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color monotype with hand coloring and collage
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2010s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Monotype

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color 3-D lithograph in Plexiglas box, Edition 50 Red Grooms revisits the rich subject matter of his New York City neighborhood in his new three-dimensional lithograph “Extra! Ext...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Ruckus Tugboat
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color 3-D lithograph in Plexiglas box, Ed. 45. Grooms, who has devoted much of his distinguished career to portraying his New York City home, turns his eye to New York’s harbor and ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Red Bud Diner
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color lithograph, Edition 75 Red Grooms and Master printer Bud Shark began their many print collaborations in 1981 with "Mountaintime", followed in 1982 by their first three-dimen...
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1990s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Red Grooms-Girls Girls Girls-40.25" x 28.5"-Poster-1982-Multicolor
By Red Grooms
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Red Grooms-Girls Girls Girls-40.25" x 28.5"-Poster-1982-Multicolor
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20th Century Red Grooms Art

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Offset

Moonstruck
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Porcelain plate (Edition of 3000) This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City.
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1990s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Porcelain

Fats Domino
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhat...
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1980s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Gala Reopening, Wheeler Opera House (1889-1984), Aspen, Colorado
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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1980s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Los Aficionados
By Red Grooms
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Red Grooms Los Aficionados 1990 3D Lithograph construction in original plexiglas box 23 h x 35 w x 14 d in. Edition of 90 Pencil signed and numbered Accompani...
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1990s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Matisse in the Souk II
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color monotype Completed after a recent trip to Morocco, this print continues Grooms’ series of tributes to modern masters. Grooms imagined this scene as he followed the footsteps...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Monotype

Stockholm Print, Pop Art Silkscreen by Red Grooms 1973
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Red Grooms, American (1937 - ) Title: Stockholm Print, from the New York Collection for Stockholm Year: 1973 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 59/30...
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1970s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Screen

Lunchtime on Broadway
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Etching

TONTO-CONDO (THREE DIMENSIONAL)
By Red Grooms
Located in Aventura, FL
Tonto-Condo, 1983, published by Shark's Ink, Lyons, Colorado (Knestrick, 96). Hand signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. Three-dimensional color lithographic construction with...
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1980s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Paper, Mixed Media, Lithograph

HEADS UP D.H.
By Red Grooms
Located in Aventura, FL
Etching and aquatint, 1980, on BFK Rives, signed and titled in pencil, numbered 18/26. Published by Brooke Alexander, with full margins. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificat...
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1980s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Aquatint, Paper, Etching

Aubrey Beardsley
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Etching

Pollock's Model A
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color lithograph, Edition 75. Red Grooms and Master printer Bud Shark began their many print collaborations in 1981 with “Mountaintime”, followed in 1982 by their first three-dime...
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1990s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Elvis IV
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color monoprint Red Grooms is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, filmmaker, and showman par excellence. His major installations, “Ruckus Manhattan”, “The City of Chicago”, and “Tut’s ...
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1980s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Monoprint

Blewy I
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Red Grooms, American (1937 - ) Title: Blewy I Year: 1971 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 150, AP VII/XII Paper Size: 14 x 18 inches (35 x 45 cm) F...
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1970s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Screen

Saskia
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Monoprint

Matisse Cut Outs VI
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color monotype with hand coloring and collage In 2015, Grooms completed a series of colorful monotype collages, a tribute to Henri Matisse. The Matisse Cut Outs portray the artist w...
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2010s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Monotype

Aubrey Beardsley
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Monoprint

Napolean and Josephine
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Etching

Study for Way Down East, Original drawing
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Red Grooms Title: Study for Way Down East Year: circa 1965 Medium: Color Pencil and Watercolor on Paper, Signed verso Size: 17.5 x 22 inches Frame: 26 x 32 inches "Way Down...
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1960s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Watercolor, Color Pencil

Sarajevo
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Red Grooms Title: Sarajevo Year: 1968 Medium: Marker Drawing on Paper, Signed and Dated l.l. Paper Size: 13.5 x 19 inches (34.29 x 48.26 cm) Frame: 17 x 22.5 inches (43.18 x ...
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1960s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Paper, Permanent Marker

Goya's Demons
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Etching

Giacometti
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Etching

Picasso
By Red Grooms
Located in Lyons, CO
Color 3-D lithograph, Edition 75. Red Grooms and Master printer Bud Shark began their many print collaborations in 1981 with "Mountaintime", followed in 1982 by their first three-...
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1990s Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Saskia
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Etching

Butterfly Man
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms’ “Ruckus Manhattan” in the mid-1970s humorously transformed Grand Central Terminal into a 3-D caricature of New York City. “I wanted to do a novelistic portrait of Manhatt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Red Grooms Art

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Etching

At the Beach
By Red Grooms
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Red Grooms Title: At the Beach Year: 1970 Medium: Oil on Conjoined Wood, signed and dated lower center Size: 5 x 12.5 inches Frame: 14 x 21.5 inches
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1970s Pop Art Red Grooms Art

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Oil

Masters at the Met
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms Masters at the Met, 2002 Color lithograph Image: 22 x 29 7/8 inches Sheet: 29 3/4 x 35 inches Edition of 75
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Early 2000s Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Mr. Universe
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Mr. Universe, 1990 painted bronze, ed. 5 of 9 31 1/4 x 14 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. 79.38 x 37.47 x 37.47 cm
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Early 1900s Red Grooms Art

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Bronze

Brooklyn Bridge Bustle
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms, Brooklyn Bridge Bustle, 2002 Red Grooms was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1937. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the New School for Social Research, Ne...
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Red Grooms Art

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Lithograph

Picasso Goes to Heaven II
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil
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20th Century Red Grooms Art

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Etching

Picasso
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms has done a portrait of master artist Picasso in a unique 3 dimensional print that displays like a sculptural figure. This unusual portrait has Pablo in his studio with his...
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1990s Red Grooms Art

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Mixed Media, Lithograph

New York Sweet: Piebald Blue
By Red Grooms
Located in New York, NY
Red Grooms was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1937. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the New School for Social Research, New York. In the 1950's Grooms moved to New Yo...
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1990s Red Grooms Art

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Drypoint, Etching, Aquatint

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