Way Down East

25. Way Down East, artist: Red Grooms, 1976-1979

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Way Down East

Red Grooms’ use of popular culture conforms to the Pop Art genre. The style of Grooms sculpture is a whimsical representation of reality, resulting in a three-dimensional caricature. Grooms’ work includes films, puppet theater, and performance art, all of which have heightened his observation of the human condition. The use of exaggerated figures and bright colors creates a theatrical scene and conveys to the viewer the artist’s vision of life as humorous and dramatic. The sculpture was dismantled and placed in storage in 2004,due to sensitivity regarding the racism of the sculpture’s subject, pioneer filmmaker D. W. Griffith.

 

 

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