Red Grooms: Benign Satire

It makes total sense to learn that Red Grooms was helped on his way toward his distinctive sculptural forms by an oddball comic strip. Smokey Stover, so named for the central character, featured a fireman who always wore his helmet back to front, and it got the attention of Charles Rogers Grooms, a Nashville schoolboy with a phobia about fire.

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Dispatch: Keith Sonnier

Parrish Art Museum, Dan Flavin Art Institute, and Tripoli Gallery Although celebrated in Europe, Sonnier has not had a major American museum exhibition before last year’s “Until Today” at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. This retrospective, organized by Terrie Sultan, director of the Parrish, and guest curator Jeffrey Grove, showcased 39 pieces from 1967 through the present, providing a broad context for works displayed concurrently at the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton and Southhampton’s Tripoli Gallery.

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Jessi Reaves

NEW YORK Bridget Donahue If a Noguchi glass-top coffee table was the sophisticated pride and joy of the family, Reaves’s “knockoff” version was the offbeat black sheep, with a base made of gloppy sawdust and glue or car fenders rather than carefully carved walnut.

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