Red Grooms created this mixed media lithographic 3-D multiple in 2004, and when it debuted at the 14th Annual Print Fair in New York, it was an instant hit. The New York Times cited this work as one of the highlights of the contemporary section. In 2012, another edition of this work was exhibited Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Ala. in the exhibition, "From Gesture to Form: Modern and Contemporary Prints From the Permanent Collection" - and, once again, the curators singled out this piece as one of their favorites. "Deli", is a delicious visit to a New York delicatessen “Red & Bud’s Midtown Deli”. "Deli" evokes the sights and smells of a typical New York setting and is filled with an amazing cast of New York characters, (including the artist). Grooms captures the many details of a bustling scene in this colorful and entertaining piece. "Deli" has been printed in eight colors from fourteen plates in an edition of 50, plus proofs, on four sheets of white Rives BFK paper that have been cut, folded, assembled and mounted in a plexiglas cover that measures 29-3/8 x 28 x 9-3/4”. A classic, now iconic work from this renowned mixed media artist, and a must have for collectors of Red Grooms - as well as those of us who love, hate or work or just love to eat in Midtown Manhattan!
Publisher: Red Grooms and Shark's Ink
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Signature: Hand signed and dated lower right corner; numbered from the edition of 50
Manufacturer: Red Grooms and Shark's Ink
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