Red Grooms, ‘Light, Madam’, 1992, Alpha 137 Gallery

Light, Madam is an elegantly stylized print on thin rice paper by renowned Pop artist Red Grooms, and it is reminiscent of Art Deco. The catalogue raisonné of Grooms' graphic works refers to this rare piece as stratograph, as it has the effect of a vintage photographic imprint. It depicts a modern Art Deco-style couple, featuring a well dressed woman seated on a chair with a long thin cigarette and an elegant gentleman offering her a light.
Red Grooms said about this work: "It was terrific to work with Joe [Wilfer, his printer] again. He was just a wizard with his letterpress. He presented me with all kinds of proofs using different papers. He was always willing to go to any length to achieve the most effective results. Intimacy between a man and a woman has always been a favorite subject of mine."
Published by: Pace Editions, New York; Printed by: Joe Wilfer.
Catalogue Raisonné: 137, Knestrick
Condition: Overall light handling creases in the margins of this delicate Japon/rice paper, especially upper right margin (see image) which could be framed out completely. Very small dot, perhaps an ink spot, on the reverse. Not visible on the front of the print.

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Signature: Signed and dated lower right; numbered lower left in red pencil; inscribed with inventory number in pencil on the reverse

Publisher: Pace Editions, New York, pub.; Joe Wilfer, prntr

Catalogue Raisonné: 137, Knestrick

About Red Grooms

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 Manhattan from Battery Park to Grant’s tomb,” Grooms explained. The comic-book inspired interactive installation included iconic landmarks—the subway, Central Park, the Apollo Theater, the Woolworth building—populated by life-sized wooden figures of prostitutes, thieves, gamblers, tourists, shoppers, and families, revealing the city’s grit as well as its glamour. It was lauded for its effect of turning Manhattan—then threatening and oppressive—into a place of wonder. Since then, Grooms has “made a career of affectionate parody,” according one critic, through satirical, pop culture-infused prints and sculptural tableaux in homage to his adopted city.

American, b. 1937, Nashville, Tennessee, based in New York, New York