October 11, 2015

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Lot 101: Robert Graham

Lot 101: Robert Graham

Julie Ann (from Eight Figures Series)

1993
Individually cast bronze with unique patina
From the unnumbered edition, each with unique patina or hand painted
Initialed "RG" at base
59" x 16" diameter at base
LAMA would like to thank the Robert Graham Studio for their assistance in cataloguing this work
Literature: Robert Graham: Eight Statues. M. McClure. 1994. #5.
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Inventory Id: 20100

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California sculptor Robert Graham (1938–2008) loved women. For four decades Graham contributed to the great tradition of Western art–the female nude. But his approach was contemporary; he melded realism with expressive force in sculptures of women that are intimate and immediate. They are powerful and muscular, not romanticized or generalized, but naturalistic. According to artist Tony Berlant "if you look at them, you see individual personalities, I think. They are portraits …" He portrayed many women throughout his career, with the sculptures taking the name of his real-life models. Here Julie Ann (1993) stands upright and resolute atop a graceful base. The directness of her posture, position, and stare is slightly tempered by the casual pose in which she embraces one arm across her body. Characteristically, Graham shows his models' personalities, incorporating a sense of their movement and choreography. Julie Ann was individually cast and has a unique patina.

Kuspit, Donald. "Goddess Or Gynecology? " Artnet. Artnet Worldwide Corporation, 10 July 2009. Web. 16 Aug 2015.

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