Red Grooms Biography

Nashville, 1937 -

American Pop artist, widely recognized as a leading exponent of HAPPENINGS.

Grooms was trained at the New School for Social Research, the Chicago Art Institute School and the Hans Hofmann School, Provincetown. His initial acclaim came in 1959, when he staged a Happening in New York entitled The House That Burns, a mixture of Disneyland, vaudeville and Punch and Judy show situated somewhere between nostalgic melodrama and impassioned protest.

As an artist, he also collaborated with Claes Oldenburg. In 1966, he was represented at the Venice Biennale. This was followed by the exhibition Happening & Fluxus at the Kunstverein Cologne and at the Wurttemberischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart.

Art by this POP artist, can also be found at:

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Missouri

Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Coos Art Museum, Oregon

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland

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