January 8, 2009 |
A hushed throng of artists, arts patrons and civic leaders joined friends and family of the late sculptor Robert Graham at a funeral Mass on Wednesday morning at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Filing through the cathedral's "Great Bronze Doors," which Graham considered his greatest public commission, the crowd came to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a creative force who died at 70 on Dec. 27 after a long illness. Los Angeles' leading public artist, Graham is probably best known for sculptural monuments in prominent locations across the country, including tributes to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, Joe Louis in Detroit, Duke Ellington in New York and Charlie "Bird" Parker in Kansas City, Mo. But his most enduring subject was the female nude, which he explored in hundreds of works, large and small, throughout his long career.
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January 7, 2009
Funeral services for sculptor Robert Graham will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony will preside at the Mass. Graham's family suggests that contributions in memory of the artist, who died on Dec. 27 at 70, may be sent to Homeboy Industries, Development Department, 130 W. Bruno St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
January 3, 2009 |
Though every artist's death diminishes us, Robert Graham's loss impoverishes Los Angeles in a deep and particular way. Graham, who died last Saturday at the age of 70 after a serious illness, was not simply the city's premier public artist, he was a sculptor whose works reflected the subtle spirit of Los Angeles itself.
December 31, 2008
Graham obituary: The obituary of Los Angeles sculptor Robert Graham in Sunday's Section A referred to his largest and most prominent public work in the city, the entryway to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, as being "topped by an angel." The cathedral doors are topped by a statue of Our Lady of the Angels, the cathedral's namesake. The obituary also said that Graham designed a set of free-standing bronze doors for the Music Center. In fact, the work is one door titled "Dance Door," commissioned by the late art collector Frederick Weisman for installation at his Beverly Hills home.
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October 13, 2008 |
After he sank into depression in the early 1980s and lost his job at the old Ambassador Hotel, his sisters got him to see a therapist. But it didn't work. In desperation, they tried to get him committed, but he skipped out. And so John Robert McGraham's sisters settled into a pattern: visiting their brother on the streets of Mid-Wilshire whenever they could. They brought him food, money and clothing. They brought their children to see their "Uncle Johnny."
January 16, 2008 |
Over the last 35 years or so, Robert Graham has made a name for himself sculpting super-realistic bronze nudes.