Red Grooms, ‘THE DAILY ARF’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery
Red Grooms, ‘THE DAILY ARF’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery
Red Grooms, ‘THE DAILY ARF’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery
Red Grooms, ‘THE DAILY ARF’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery

This work is one of only 12 rare Artist proofs, aside from the regular edition of 75. iIn this playful piece, an eager dog greets a bespectacled man who reads a newspaper titled 'DAILY ARF' Blunt, geometric forms intermingle to illustrate the scene, capturing the energy and comedy for which Red Grooms is known. This work is Plate #43 in the Red Grooms catalogue raisonne, "Red Grooms: The Graphic Work". Here, the artist shares more insights:
"The embossing was done by a lovely middle-aged couple. I wish I could remember their names. They seemed to work out of their own living room doing this unusual art form, embossing..."
This work is matted and framed with plexiglass. The work itself appears to be in excellent condition; there are areas of scattered stains to mat along bottom and left side - easily replaceable.
Framed: 22.5 inches by 16.5 inches
Full Sheet: 20.75 x 15.5 inches (matted)
Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Knestrick, 43 (page 80)

Signature: Pencil signed and dated 1974 lower right; pencil numbered from the edition of only 12 Artist's Proofs.

Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Knestrick, 43 (page 80)

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

Fair History on Artsy

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