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Red Grooms

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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Red Grooms 1986 3D New York City Taxi Lithograph
By Red Grooms
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A wonderful lithograph by the noted artist Red Grooms. It is a folded paper 3D NYC cab. Bears the printed signature of Grooms and the printed mark and date of 1986. Please Note that ...
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1980s American Vintage Red Grooms

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Original The Ruckus World of Red Grooms Exhibition Poster, New York, 1973
By Red Grooms
Located in Budapest, HU
A rare poster from an early exhibition of Red Grooms at The New York Cultural Center, which became the MAD Museum (Museum Of Arts and Design) at 2 Columbus Circle, Manhattan, New Yor...
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1970s American Vintage Red Grooms

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Paper

Red Grooms, 2500 Limited Edition Porcelain Plate, Titled Moonstruck, 1994
By Red Grooms
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Well known artist and great sample of his whimsical style porcelain plate numbered 639.
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1990s American Post-Modern Red Grooms

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Ceramic, Porcelain

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Red Grooms City Discount Store 1971 Screenprint Hand
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Red Grooms Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of red grooms furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 4 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Red Grooms were created in North America during the 20th century in the post-modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Lawrence Weiner Furniture, Charles Arnoldi Furniture and Charles Fazzino Furniture. Prices for Red Grooms Furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items on 1stDibs starts at $1,250 and tops at $1,500, while pieces like these can sell for $1,495.