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Red Grooms

Born in 1937, American artist Red Grooms, well known for his influence in the Pop Art movement as well as his site-specific installations, sought to capture and depict characteristic scenes of contemporary life in the United States. Often presenting them in a humorous way and drawn to the play-fullness of opposition, Grooms continues to illicit both praise and controversy for his works.

Grooms attended the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York to study at the New School for Social Research, a move which greatly informed his early work. In the 1960's Groom's coined the term "sculpto-pictoramas" to describe the three-dimensional sculptures which featured historical figures set in and amongst intricate urban settings. These sculpto-pictoramas were often cartoon-like in nature, offering commentary on the societal interactions with past and present American life.

In addition to his large-scale sculptural works, Grooms utilized a vast array of media as a painter and printmaker. Continuing to explore the three-dimensional world, Groom's experimented with woodblock printing, stencilling, etchings and portraits made out of sculpted paper and lithographs.

Grooms' works can be found in many important collections including Moderna Museet, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fort Worth Art Museum, among others. Red Grooms continues to live and work in New York.

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