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Robert Graham: Sculptor's legacy 'all over the city'

December 28, 2008 |  8:47 am

Graham Robert Graham, a Los Angeles sculptor with a towering public presence who designed major civic monuments across the nation, died Saturday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, his friend Roy Doumani said. Graham, who had been ill for about six months, was 70.

An elegant, gentlemanly artist who maintained a large studio in Venice, Graham was enormously productive throughout his career. A fiercely independent perfectionist with high-tech skills and an enduring fascination with the female figure, he explored almost every conceivable position and attitude of the female nude in his personal work, often working in an intimate scale.

But he is best known for large public commissions that pay homage to historical figures or symbolize big ideas in prominent locations.

His legacy, Doumani said, "is all over the city. He brought a lot of beauty and a vision of what art should be. . . . Bob was special to this city and, fortunately, his work will remain here and elsewhere, and he's certainly not going to be forgotten."

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--Suzanne Muchnic and Cara Mia DiMassa

Photo: Courtney Hergesheimer/Los Angeles Times