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Fats Domino

Fats Domino
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Red Grooms, born 7 Jun 1937
Antoine Domino, Jr., 26 Feb 1928 - 24 Oct 2017
Color lithograph on paper
Vitrine: 43.8 x 51.8 x 44.1cm (17 1/4 x 20 3/8 x 17 3/8")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© 1984 Red Grooms / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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New Orleans native Antoine "Fats" Domino was already a popular figure in the world of rhythm and blues when his songs such as "Ain't That a Shame" and "Blueberry Hill" (depicted here on the piano) exploded onto the rock-and-roll scene in the 1950s, attracting an enormous popular following.
Artist Red Grooms, who listened to rock-and-roll in his studio, considers this piece a tribute to Domino. Grooms's interest in three-dimensionality eventually led not only to his construction of huge sculptural pictoramas but also smaller-scale paper sculpture, including innovative printed and glued constructions like this exuberant and witty portrait.
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