September 05, 1977 12:00 PM

“Colossal! Stupendous! Gigantic!” They’re a few of the words a carnival barker might use to describe artist Red Grooms’s Ruckus Manhattan, a 3-D sculptural portrait of the city which Grooms, his wife, Mimi Gross, and some 20 young artists completed last year. All the cartoon craziness of his Gargantuan project (it took up the entire Marlborough Gallery in Manhattan to exhibit) is reproduced in 96 pages of color and black-and-white photographs, with delighful commentary by Judd Tully on how the feat was accomplished. Available in handsome cocktail table hardcover ($17.50) as well as soft-cover ($8.95), the book allows viewers to examine the work’s incredible accumulation of minutiae—from alligators waltzing in the sewers to a tightrope walker balancing between the World Trade Center towers. (George Braziller, Inc.)

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