This lively exhibit covered more than forty years of printmaking by one of the best-known American artists working today. Red Grooms, who grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, migrated first to Chicago and then to New York seeking the excitement of big city culture.

For years he has mined the vitality of the city, often portraying real people whose lives are stranger than fiction. From his roots in Nashville he gained a flair for a simplified, folk idiom and a sympathetic, down-on-your-luck sort of humor that sets his work apart from more traditional academic styles. His colorful commentaries on popular culture and the history of art have made him a beloved figure in the contemporary art world.

Organized by the Tennessee State Museum, this exhibit focused on Grooms’ prints, drawings, and watercolors, and reveals him to be a master draftsman who has experimented with all facets of printmaking.