- Robert Graham (sculptor)
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name = Robert Graham
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The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu", cast bronze, 1988
August 19, 1938
San Jose State College, San Francisco Art Institute
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Joe LouisMemorial," Detroit, Michigan, 1986; "Olympic Gateway" - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, 1984
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Robert Graham (born
August 19, 1938, in Mexico City) is a sculptorbased in the state of Californiain the United States of America. His monumental bronzes commemorate the humanfigure and are featured in public places across America. In addition to his civic art, Graham is an active member of the art community.
Graham received his formal training at
San Jose State Collegeand the San Francisco Art Institutein California, finishing in 1964. Within ten years he had his first one-man show at a gallery, and in 1972 had his first one-man show in a museum, the Dallas Museum of Art. Since then he has had dozens of one-man shows, including several at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Graham's first major monumental commission was the ceremonial gateway for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, for the occasion of the 1984 Olympics.He also designed the commemorative silver dollar for the event. The gateway featured two bronze torsos, male and female, modelled on contestants in the games. The gateway was a major design element of an Olympiad noted for its lack of new construction. To the surprise of many, the nudity of the torsos became an issue in the media.
Graham has used a range of materials and scales in his work. In the 1970s Graham created very small wax sculptures (circa 4" - 10cm), depicting sexual congress. His 1986 monument to the boxer
Joe Louisis a 24' bronze fist and forearm. He has created hundreds of nude figures and groupings in intermediate scales.
He is married to actress
Anjelica Hustonand they reside in an unusual dwelling in Venice, California. Huston refused to move to the Bohemianarea unless Graham built them a fortress to live in. The result was a giant, windowless structure behind an opaque 40-foot fence.
Graham made a cameo appearance in Huston's movie,
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as the Venezuelan general near the beginning of the film standing on the deck of the ship. Wes Andersonmentions in the movie's commentary that Graham has some aspects in common with Steve Zissou.
*2002 - "The Great Bronze Doors" and "Statue of Mary" -
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California
*2001 - "Prologue" - addition to the FDR Memorial,
*1999 - "Charlie "Bird" Parker Memorial",
Kansas City, Missouri
*1997 - "
Duke EllingtonMonument" - Central Park, New York City
*1997 - "
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial", Washington D.C.
*1994 - "Plumed Serpent",
Plaza de César Chávez, San Jose, California
*1988 - Gates of
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu
*1986 - "Joe Louis Memorial",
*1984 - "Olympic Gateway" - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
*1983 - "Fountain Figure No. 1", "Fountain Figure No. 2", and "Fountain Figure No. 3",
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
*1978 - "Dance Door" -
Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, California
*2007 - "Spirit of California" -
California Hall of FameMedal
Arnold Schwarzeneggerand First Lady Maria Shriverannounced on May 28, 2008 that Graham will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts. The induction ceremony will take place December 10th and he will be inducted alongside 11 other legendary Californians.
* [http://www.robertgraham-artist.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.geomagic.com/en/solutions/cathedral.php Technology used to create Virgin Mary statue]
* [http://www.acegallery.net/artistmenu.php?Artist=10 Robert Graham at Ace Gallery]
* [http://www.artnet.com/awc/robert-graham.html Robert Graham catalogue in artnet's "Artist Works Catalogues"]
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