Sunday, December 28, 2008

Robert Graham, 1938-2008

Artist Robert Graham is dead. His appropriately gargantuan Charlie Parker piece was installed in Kansas City's jazz district in 1999. I absolutely adore it, and not only because I believe that the saxophonist's full face resembles my own. The sculpture gives a sense of Parker's wit, grace and genius. Perhaps Graham's death will bring additional attention to the outstanding work and to Parker's legacy.

(Original image of Graham's Parker sculpture by Plastic Sax.)

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