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Red Grooms

Museum, 1978

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Lot 18
Offset lithograph in colors on paper
10.2 x 23.8 in (26.0 x 60.3 cm)
Edition of 150
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto


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Red Grooms pokes fun at the world of modern art in ‘Museum.’ Here, a silly, if not absurd, cast of characters peer at the works on display. The exhibition-goers’ reactions are playfully rendered by Grooms: some are intrigued, others bemused, and still others flabbergasted by the collection of kinetic sculptures, minimalist canvases, and abstract, contorted figures. Grooms seems to pose the question: who is more ridiculous? The art on the walls or the museum-goers themselves? Is art imitating life or is life imitating art?

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About Red Grooms

Born Charles Rogers Grooms, artist Red Grooms (American, b. 1937) is best known for his humorous depictions and caricatures of daily life, contemporary politics, and cultural icons. Through large scale installations, as well as interactive personal sculpt-pictoramas, Grooms invites his audience to participate in his light-hearted parodies. Works by Grooms are held in the permanent collections of such institutions as Chicago’s Art institute, and both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in his adopted city and life-long muse, New York.