Red Grooms, ‘Picasso Goes to Heaven’, 1973, Yale University Art Gallery

Accompanied by an identification chart signed by Red Grooms, ink on paper

Overall: 463.55 x 497.84 cm (182 1/2 x 196 in.) Top left panel: 189.23 x 160.02 cm (74 1/2 x 63 in.) Top middle panel: 189.23 x 160.02 cm (74 1/2 x 63 in.) Top right panel: 189.23 x 160.02 cm (74 1/2 x 63 in.) Bottom left panel: 274.32 x 177.8 cm (108 x 70 in.) Bottom middle panel: 274.32 x 160.02 cm (108 x 63 in.) Bottom right panel: 274.32 x 160.02 cm (108 x 63 in.)

Image rights: © Red Grooms / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Image provided by Yale University Art Gallery

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

Solo Shows

2017
Marlborough Gallery, New York,

Group Shows

2018
The Museum Show: Works that were exhibited, owned, sold by - or about - museums (including the gift shops!!!)
2018
2018
Museum of the City of New York, 
New York, NY, USA,
Art in the Open
2017
Marlborough Gallery, New York,
2017
2015
New York,
Black or White
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