The Bookstore

Red Grooms (American, b. 1937)
1978–2008
MediumMixed media
Dimensions11 × 25 feet
CreditMuseum Purchase, 1980
Accession Number80.4.1

The Bookstore deftly joins two favorite haunts of New York City book lovers—the Isaac Mendoza Book Company, the oldest secondhand bookshop in NYC, and the Pierpont Morgan Library—into a work of art. The piece incorporates many of the themes that run through Grooms’ best work: the marriage of art and commerce, the clash of high and low, colorful New York characters, and an inviting three-dimensional space that envelops and transports the viewer. Learn more about The Bookstore here.