Red Grooms

Red
Grooms

Red Grooms belongs to a generation of artists who, in G. R. Swenson's words, "took the world too seriously not to be amused by it." As Judith Stein notes, "At times Grooms's humor has an absurdist streak, full of the impetuous energy and preposterous puns of the Marx Brothers."

Films

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    Shoot The Moon
    Experimental

    Shoot The Moon
    Red Grooms

    16mm, black and white, sound, 24 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, DVD NTSC
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    Fat Feet
    Animation
    Experimental

    Fat Feet
    Red Grooms

    16mm, color and b/w, sound, 19 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • landscape_architecture
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    Ruckus Shorts
    Experimental

    Ruckus Shorts
    Red Grooms

    16mm, color, sound, 4.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Tappy Toes

    Tappy Toes
    Red Grooms

    16mm, color, sound, 19 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • dance
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    Red Grooms' Target Discount Store
    Experimental

    Red Grooms' Target Discount Store
    Red Grooms

    16mm, color, sound, 21 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • art_artists
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    Conquest of Lybia by Italia—1912-1913, The
    Animation
    Experimental

    Conquest of Lybia by Italia—1912-1913, The
    Red Grooms

    16mm, black and white, sound, 4.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Hippodrome Hardware
    Experimental

    Hippodrome Hardware
    Red Grooms

    16mm, color, sound, 42.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Literarature & Theater
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    Grow Great
    Experimental

    Grow Great
    Red Grooms

    16mm, color, sound, 1.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Ruckus Manhattan
    Experimental

    Ruckus Manhattan
    Red Grooms

    16mm, color, sound, 61 min
    Rental format: 16mm

Biography

Grooms was born in Nashville, Tennessee during the middle of the Great Depression. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, then at Nashville's Peabody College. In 1956, Grooms moved to New York City, to enroll at the New School for Social Research. A year later, Grooms attended a summer session at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Provincetown, Massachusetts. There he met experimental animation pioneer Yvonne Andersen, with whom he collaborated on several short films.

Red Grooms belongs to a generation of artists who, in G. R. Swenson's words, "took the world too seriously not to be amused by it." As Judith Stein notes, "At times Grooms's humor has an absurdist streak, full of the impetuous energy and preposterous puns of the Marx Brothers. He shares a comic sense with Bob and Ray whose straight-man/funny-man teamwork plays off against the mundane conventions of daily life. As an empiricist with a keen political sense and a retentive memory for visual facts, Grooms follows in the tradition of Willial Hogarth and Honoré Daumier, who were canny commentators on the human condition."

In 1969, Peter Schjeldahl compared Grooms to Marcel Duchamp, because both embodied "a movement of one man that is open to everybody."

Grooms' work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States, as well as Europe, and Japan. His art is included in the collections of thirty-nine museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2003, Grooms was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Design.

Grooms lives and works in New York City.