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February 3, 1991 | WILLIAM WILSON, William Wilson is The Times art critic.
Robert Graham seems to have it all. The 52-year-old sculptor of L.A.'s Olympic Gateway, Detroit's Joe Louis monument and New York's bronze hommage to Duke Ellington is arguably America's preeminent figurative sculptor. In commercial galleries his full figures sell for upwards of $150,000. And he's controversial despite the classic restraint of the work. Every public sculpture he does raises a ruckus. He employs a full-time staff of 15.
April 19, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Actress Anjelica Huston has parted with the five-story contemporary live/work home in Venice that she shared with her late husband, sculptor Robert Graham, for $11.15 million. The 13,796 square feet of loft-like space, some 200 feet from the sand, includes a 10,000-square-foot art studio that was used by Graham, a dance studio, a gym, a library/study, a media room, an office, three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The home and studio share a central courtyard shaded by a coral tree.
Ten years after the birth of the first baby from his sperm bank, Robert Graham has a 1 1/2-year waiting list of women, a wall full of pictures of beautiful and mostly blond children and a shortage of good men. Although frustrated by lack of tangible evidence that his theory holds up in real life, Graham remains captivated by the controversial notion that he can somehow improve the stock of the human race. By mixing and matching wanna-be mothers with the sperm of some of society's most scholarly men, Graham maintains this can become a better world.
July 4, 2013 | By Jason La
Mark Englert photographed a statue by Robert Graham , titled, "Torso," at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way in Beverly Hills on June 29. "I've been a big fan of Robert Graham since his male and female torsos were installed at the Coliseum for the '84 Olympics!" Englert said. He used a Nikon D300. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
July 11, 1992
Evidently the fountain forming the base of Robert Graham's bronze "Source Figure" was not alone in providing gushing sounds ("A Goddess for L.A.?" July 7). This poor statue stands lost against the vast negative space of upper Hope Street--and, worse, disappears against the cluttered cityscape extending south from 5th Street. As a three-dimensional piece, the goddess is unfortunately no divine figure when viewed au derriere . Graham's artistry is indeed evident in his ability to work a lovely symmetry with bronze and water to create beautifully artistic pedestals.
June 24, 1995
Sometimes, even for a thief, it's hard to know what you've got till it's pawned. Last month Santa Monica pawnbroker Angelo Garzieri gave a customer $50 for an 18-inch bronze sculpture of a nude African woman. Garzieri then put the piece up for sale for $300.
September 22, 2002
Who is to say what Mary looked like? Nobody really knows (Letters, Sept. 8, 15). We all are used to the conventions used to depict her--flowing robes, covered head, downcast eyes and sad expression. Is this really how she dressed, or is this how we imagine she dressed? Or did she look like the Mary in Notre Dame in Paris, with crown on head, body-hugging dress, body in Gothic s-curve pose with baby Jesus on hip? She looks decidedly medieval French in that statue. In other words, those who built Notre Dame put her in their own time, just as Robert Graham did with his Mary.
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