Art: Corn-Pone Cubism, Red-Neck Deco

Red Grooms' cartoony "ruckuses" are easy to like -- too easy

The dioramas, stick-outs and wraparound environments of Red Grooms have been jiggling and creaking their way to glory on the fourth floor of Manhattan's Whitney Museum through the summer, and there are still queues round the block. Few American artists are more genuinely popular than this 50-year-old from the suburbs of Nashville. Look at Rembrandt and Saskia in their parlor, life-size and shining with booze! Hop into a New York City subway car left over from the pre-graffiti '60s, full of drunks, hippies, nervous housewives and one ultra- Orthodox Jew, all looking like Cabbage Patch dolls that grew up and went...

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