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April 21, 1994 | DAVID LINK, David Link is a writer in Los Angeles.
Novelist Alice Walker, named a "state treasure," says she was shocked when she saw the award, a statuette of a nude woman's torso. She called it an embodiment of society's acceptance of the mutilation of women. But the only thing mutilated in this episode was respect for art. Walker initially was not going to accept any award from the state for political reasons.
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.
November 15, 2007 | Alex Chun
FOR more than 40 years, Robert Graham has created provocative figurative works, relying on live models as inspiration. So in describing his latest exhibition at the USC Fisher Gallery -- more than 100 paintings and sculptures of the female form, all spawned from small clay figures created by hand in a matter of seconds, then recast in bronze and silver -- he says paradoxically, "It's actually the same work I've always been doing, only it's different."
January 8, 2009 | Suzanne Muchnic
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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