Red Grooms: Larger than Life

Red Grooms, Picasso Goes to Heaven, 1973 (© Red Grooms. All rights reserved. ARS
Red Grooms, Picasso Goes to Heaven, 1973 (Yale University Art Gallery © Red Grooms. All rights reserved. ARS, New York/Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York)

Debra Cash reviews Red Grooms: Larger than Life at the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, on view through March 9, 2014.

Cash writes that "The show circling around Grooms’ mural-sized tributes to visual artists of the past is a hoot, shoehorning crowded genre scenes (think Brueghel or Bosch) into the region of knowing winks. In Grooms’ raucously colored illustrations, artists inhabit a world of their own references where their meaningful friendships can be as close as their contemporaries and as far away as their inspirational forbearers. This is high art cartooning with a nod to ideas about time, personality and the formation of coteries that bear close investigation, or as curator Lisa Hodermarsky’s notes, invite visitors to belly up to the bar."