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Robert Graham, 1938-2008

December 28, 2008 |  4:10 pm

Robert Graham

Sculptor Robert Graham died Saturday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, after being ill for about six months.

The Venice-based artist was known for his large public projects across the United States -- in Los Angeles, he created a set of free-standing bronze doors for the Music Center, a sculpture of two headless figures at the Memorial Coliseum for the 1984 Olympics and the "Great Bronze Doors" for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. You can see some of his legacy across the city here.

But the highly productive Graham also showed a fascination for the female form on a more intimate scale, which was on display at a show that closed earlier this year at USC's Fisher Gallery. (Read David Pagel's review of the show, "Body of Work," here.)

Graham, who was inducted into the California Hall of Fame about two weeks ago, was married to actress Anjelica Huston.

Photo: Robert Graham in his Venice studio in 2000. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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