Painting: Grand Pop Moses

Setting out to paint quaint, cozy, often whimsical realism hardly seems the way to win the avantgarde. Yet such is precisely the goal of a Tennessee-born artist named Charles Grooms. "I'm really oldfashioned, basically," he says, and his pursuit of everyday images has already earned him, at the age of 27, a reputation as the new Grand Pop Moses.

Primitive in manner and thickly impastoed, Grooms's paintings are nostalgic vignettes of ordinary life. In a show of 36 works, which opened in Manhattan's Tibor de Nagy gallery last week, he proves an...

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