Red Grooms is an American multi-media artist best known for his colorful pop art constructions depicting frenetic scenes of modern urban life.
Red Grooms is recognized as a pioneer of site-specific sculpture and installation art. Red Grooms genius for rendering the intricacies of architectural ornament is vividly apparent in several three-dimensional vistas of Chicago's famous buildings. Evident here and in the numerous other cityscapes Red Grooms has created is his extraordinary ability to capture a sense of place with a great sensitivity to detail.
These vibrant three-dimensional constructions melded painting and sculpture to create immersive works of art that invited interaction from the viewer. The pieces were often populated with colorful, cartoon-like characters, from varied walks of life.
Besides painting and sculpture, Red Grooms is also known for his prolific printmaking. Red Grooms has experimented with numerous techniques, creating woodblock prints, spray-painted stencils, soft-ground etchings, and elaborate three-dimensional lithograph constructions.
Red Grooms work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States, as well as Europe, and Japan. His art is included in the collections of thirty-nine museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Knoxville Museum of Art.
In 2003, Red Grooms was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Design.
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