Prints and Drawings
Photo credit: Mark Morosse
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Artist: Red Grooms, American, born 1937

Cedar Bar

1986

Colored pencil, colored crayons, and watercolor on five sheets of paper, mounted to board and framed in artist's wood frame

Object (Overall): 304.8 × 810.3 cm (120 × 319 in.)
Framed: 303.5 × 823 × 7.6 cm (119 1/2 × 324 × 3 in.)
Object (Panels (5)): 256.5 × 154.9 × 5.1 cm (101 × 61 × 2 in. each)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.52.56
Cedar Bar depicts the legendary members of the New York School as they may have looked during the heyday of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the late 1940s and 1950s. During that intensely creative postwar period, the Cedar Tavern—a hole-in-the-wall bar located at 24 University Place in New York City—became the preferred gathering spot of this group of artists and beat writers to drink and talk about art and politics deep into the night. The group liked the bar for its cheap booze and absence of tourists. Demolished in 1963, the Cedar Tavern has come down in history as something of a cult locale—an almost mythical place where, reputedly, drunken brawls were as common as stimulating dialogue.
Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
Bibliography: 

Walter Knestrick and Vincent Katz, Red Grooms: The Graphic Work (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001), 150, 288, no. 113, ill.

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