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Sculptures by Red Grooms in 7 World Trade Center Lobby 

These two exuberant polychrome sculptures by Red Grooms, Tango Dancers, 2005 and Swan Lake, 2009, each measuring more than nine feet tall, are part of a series titled Dancing, comprised of five sculptures depicting couples performing the dances Flamenco, Tango, Charleston, Swan Lake and The Lindy Hop. The series made its debut in Grooms’ 2009 exhibition at Marlborough Chelsea.

Swan Lake was inspired by an image of Igor Youskevitch and Alexandra Danilova, famous dancers of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, performing a pas de deux in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Both dancers have their eyes closed in focused concentration as he supports her transition en pointe.

Tango Dancers, the first created in this series, derives from Grooms’ 1963 work of the same name. It depicts a suavely attired man as he dips his glamorous female partner who wears a Marcel Wave in her hair.

Red Grooms grew up in Tennessee with the great musicals of the 1940s and 1950s. Upon his move to New York he frequented the New York City Ballet with his friends, the poet and dance critic, Edwin Denby, and the photographer Rudy Burckhardt.

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