New York

Red Grooms

Marlborough | Midtown

Red Grooms is one of the few artists whose work, particularly his mixed-media collaborative installations, has attracted the attention of people who don’t ordinarily look at contemporary art. City of Chicago, 1967, Ruckus Manhattan, 1975, and Ruckus Rodeo, 1975, were both events and exhibitions, the kind to which parents were glad to bring their children. Grooms took something big and domesticated it through flamboyant caricature, painstaking detail, and an unabashed affection tempered by a wild, snappy wit. Complete with a ferryboat large enough to amble through, Ruckus Manhattan was a sprawling installation where everyone saw some aspect of themselves. It was raw, democratic, expansive, polyphonic, and, above all, funny. With its broad cast of everyday comic characters, it seemed as if everyone got to make an appearance, from subway straphangers to the local pimp. As an artist who

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