Remembering Robert Graham
"[I am] trying to make exactly what I see in front of me."
Born on this day in 1938 in Mexico City, Robert Graham was a sculptor best known for his public monuments and female nudes. After moving to Venice, CA, he soon began casting single bodies in bronze, and working on a monumental scale. In 1984, he completed Olympic Gateway for the Memorial Coliseum at the Olympic Games of that year. Other civic monuments include a life-size figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1997) for the Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and a monument of jazz composer Duke Ellington (1997).
Confronted by a Graham figure, the viewer is caught between the desire to embrace and the impulse to worship. Furthermore, the viewer becomes aware of the subtle ambiguities that give Graham’s statues their own particular sense of life.
Pictured: Robert Graham with his wife Anjelica Huston
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