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MOCA Torso

MOCA Torso, made between 1992-1995 by Robert Graham is a bronze sculpture with black and green patina. This sculpture is signed “R.Graham” on the underside of the base. This sculpture is from multiple editions for the MOCA.

Robert Graham, a Los Angeles sculptor with a towering public presence who designed major civic monuments across the nation

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.

Medium

Bronze Sculpture

Year

1992-95

Edition

1000

Catalogue Raisonné

NA

Signature

Signed

Size 11 x 4.5 x 4.5 (in)
28 x 11.5 x 11.5 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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MOCA Torso, made between 1992-1995 by Robert Graham is a bronze sculpture with black and green patina. This sculpture is signed “R.Graham” on the underside of the base. This sculpture is from multiple editions for the MOCA.

Robert Graham, a Los Angeles sculptor with a towering public presence who designed major civic monuments across the nation

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.

In Los Angeles, Graham designed a set of free-standing bronze doors for the Music Center in 1978 and a sculpture of two headless figures known as the “Olympic Gateway” at the Memorial Coliseum for the 1984 Olympics. His largest and most prominent public work in the city is the “Great Bronze Doors,” a huge entryway topped by an angel, made for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in 2002.

Graham, whose work was also in demand in many other cities, also created a memorial to Joe Louis in Detroit, a monument to Duke Ellington in New York and a sculptural remembrance of Charlie “Bird” Parker in Kansas City, Mo.

But among his tributes to beloved public figures, his proudest achievement was probably the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. The complex commission, executed in 1997, includes a life-size figure of the president in his wheelchair, a bas-relief depicting a newsreel of his first inauguration and a series of panels illustrating 54 programs initiated by FDR under the New Deal.

Although Graham never followed the art world’s trends, preferring to work as a relatively old-fashioned statue-maker, he showed his work in many galleries and museums, including Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills, Imago Galleries in Palm Desert and Gagosian Gallery in New York. His work is in the collections of such institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Detroit Institute of Arts and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

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Medium

Bronze Sculpture

Year

1992-95

Edition

1000

Catalogue Raisonné

NA

Signature

Signed

Size 11 x 4.5 x 4.5 (in)
28 x 11.5 x 11.5 (cm)
Price Price on Request