Fats Domino

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Exhibition Label
New Orleans native Antoine "Fats" Domino was already a popular figure in the world of rhythm and blues when his songs such as "Ain't That a Shame" and "Blueberry Hill" (depicted here on the piano) exploded onto the rock-and-roll scene in the 1950s, attracting an enormous popular following.
Artist Red Grooms, who listened to rock-and-roll in his studio, considers this piece a tribute to Domino. Grooms's interest in three-dimensionality eventually led not only to his construction of huge sculptural pictoramas but also smaller-scale paper sculpture, including innovative printed and glued constructions like this exuberant and witty portrait.
Topic
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Costume\Jewelry\Ring
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Interior\Performing Arts\Theatrical\Stage
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Stool
Music\Sheet music
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Costume\Jewelry\Watch\Wrist watch
Music\Phonograph\Record
Antoine Domino, Jr.: Male
Antoine Domino, Jr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Antoine Domino, Jr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rhythm and Blues
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© 1984 Red Grooms / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Artist
Red Grooms, born 7 Jun 1937
Sitter
Antoine Domino, Jr., 26 Feb 1928 - 24 Oct 2017
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Color lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Vitrine: 43.8 x 51.8 x 44.1cm (17 1/4 x 20 3/8 x 17 3/8")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1984
Type
Print
Object number
NPG.2003.78
Culture
Antoine Domino, Jr.: American\African American