You Can Have a Body Like Mine
Charles "Red" Grooms (1937- ) was born in Nashville, Tennessee,. He is associated with Pop Art. Grooms moved to New York City in 1957. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he thrilled audiences with dramas such as "Burning Building." Grooms formed a performance and construction company called Ruckus Productions in 1963. He has worked in a wide range of art forms: films, paintings, prints, sculpture, installations and performance. He is considered a pioneer of site-specific sculpture and installation art. His work expresses an enjoyment and celebration of life; his creations are colorful and amusing. He often combines the element of caricature with environment in his work to create satirical pieces. He has won several awards including the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant in 1968, the Tennessee Governor's Award in the Arts in 1986, and a Founder's Medal from PAFA in 1990. Grooms' work has been in numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions since 1958. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum (NY), the Mint Museum (NC), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and the Hunter Museum (TN).