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The Gibbes Museum of Art will present "The Human Comedy: Portraits by Red Grooms" beginning Sept. 19.
The exhibition, organized with the full participation of the artist and curated by the National Gallery of Design's Isabelle Dervaux, includes 75 paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Works range from intimate sketches of friends and family to large, three-dimensional constructions portraying such 20th-century personalities as Mae West, Jesse Helms, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., Grooms has worked in the traditional genre of portraiture throughout his nearly 50-year career, creating a portrait gallery of "who's who" in the …