De Kooning Breaks Through (1987)
Red Grooms (American, born 1937)
Three-dimensional color lithograph cut out, folded and assembled into a Plexiglas box
"This is a colorful and dramatic three-dimensional print that depicts a man riding a bicycle toward the viewer. A woman—with huge eyes and monumental breasts sits atop the handlebars—and the two literally breakout of the two-dimensional surface into the viewer’s space. Red Groom's witty portrait depicts the legendary artist Willem de Kooning riding a bicycle with a woman on the handlebars. This woman is the subject of de Kooning's celebrated painting Woman and Bicycle (1952-1953). The print parodies de Kooning's highly expressionistic painting style, as Groom's humorous portrait brims with visual puns. De Kooning is literally breaking through, suggesting the extraordinary nature of his contributions to art history."