Date of Award
Master of Arts
This thesis focuses on the influence of the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre on the American artist Red Grooms. An analysis of Grooms's "sculpto-pictorama" Ruckus Manhattan as an installation demonstrates the influences of Sartrian existential concepts and acts as an arena in which viewers can discover these existential ethos in a culturally specific setting. Red Grooms's background as an American artist working in New York in the mid-twentieth centuryand his interest in French art and philosophy document further the influence of existentialism on Grooms. A thorough discussion of tableaux from Ruckus Manhattan, which visually represent Sartiran existential concepts, reveals Grooms to be an artist who is much more sophisticated than the comic artist described in the current scholarship.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Curley, John E. IV, "Red Grooms: The Forgotten Existentialist Ruckus Manhattan and the Influence of Sartrian Existentialism" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 827.