Larry Graeber

Larry Graeber

San Antonio, TX, United States

About Larry Graeber

Larry Graeber a Texas-based artist, works in studios in San Antonio and Marfa. Raised in Austin the oldest of three children, the son of an architect, and homemaker. As a youth Larry was always involved in making things; forts, treehouses and down hill coasters. As a teenager, junior high - high schooler he worked summers at his grandad's lumber yard, Graeber Lumber.

In college Larry initially studied architecture, then discovered the art department where things came naturally, studying painting, printmaking, jewelry and filmmaking. By his second year he had already found a studio in downtown San Marcos that he devoted to painting.

Graeber began exhibiting in 1971, curated into Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. His first major one person exhibition was in 1974, Works From a Small Duplex, curated by director John Leeper hosted by the McNay Art Museum in their upstairs galleries. Represented in both public and private collections, books and magazines, he most enjoys exhibiting in group and one person shows.

Artist Statement: … it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, … Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Precarious fragility seems to be the new state of existence. Until now our exploits and consumption have seemed to be an entitlement, but our terrestrial existence is now talking back.

Practice Statement: principles of elements - painting, sculpture and work on paper;

After many years of practice I trust a degree of empathy and understanding have found lodging in me. I no longer have any pervasive agendas so feel free to address any subject I like. And without an agenda a more patient approach has occurred in the manner in which I work.

The nature of a convergence; the experience of three or more things occurring or arriving at the same place at the same time remains the cornerstone of perception for me. Because convergences usually occur subtly and so often unnoticed the consequential phenomena is seldom perceived. Attention to these incidences can help describe and open one up to so much.

In my studio the experience is similar, though mostly routine, the objective is to be engaged and eager to prevail. So alert and present, surrounded by past work and some goals, I may merely add to the “debris”, but the engagement has potential. An unfinished drawing, painting or sculpture may get finished, a new idea may occur. All in benefit of my hope to make coherent artifacts, intuitively accessible and subjectively understood.

Education

Two years of college:
Early in my career I intermittently audited classes in sculpture, painting, film, jewelry and printmaking but am otherwise self-taught.

Events

Recent events:

2019
pop up Gallery 90 - 13 artists, three openings, nov 29 - dec 28

formal proof - exhibit at BSC: blurb book with essay by Anjali Gupta

Blue Star Contemporary: Formal Proof; Sterling Allen and Larry Graeber, Project Room

Glasstire - interview by Gary Sweeney December 9, 2019

State Wide: Texas Sculpture Group exhibit Houston Baptist University

Studio Debris - Sculpture, blurb book with the essay by Matthew Mendez

When They Appear; Marilyn Jolly & Larry Graber, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, catalog

Larry Graeber, Works on Paper, March Spotlight, Platform Gallery, Seattle WA

1340 Art Magazine 2019//01 - page 45; Creatures oil on canvas 2018



2018
three blurb books - Eye on You, paintings and drawings, Dec 2018

Sky and Land, painting, May - Aug 2018

Coupling and other paintings, Jan - Apr 2018,
exhibit of paintings; Sky and Land, Greasewood Gallery, Marfa TX

Fifth Annual ArtSpace 111 Regional Juried Exhibition: Juried by Christina Rees

International Sculpture Center, mixed media sculpture, Boy, Hamilton Township

International Sculpture Center's Chapter Member Exhibition at Zona Maco, Mexico City

Silent; Dock Space Gallery, paintings and sculpture, San Antonio TX, Jan 13-Feb 2

2017
blurb book - paintings, works on paper, sculpture
assorted work; Overland Partners, paintings, sculpture, paper works, San Antonio, TX, Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

Fiction; exhibition of sculpture and wall reliefs, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, Oct 2 - Nov 3

One of two presenters, James Surls and myself, at the Richard and Pam Salmon sculpture competition
symposium sponsored by Angelo State University and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, Oct 13

Intersections; Rachael Wren, David Alcantar, Larry Graeber - Curated by Benjamin McVey, Anthem Gallery,
hosted by Fl!ght Gallery, Blue Star, San Antonio

Place to Place; exhibition of sculpture, paintings, works on paper; catalog, essay by Chad Dawkins, de stijl\Podium for Art, Austin, TX

The Austin Chronicle - Arts & Culture. Larry Graeber: Place to Place by Sam Anderson Ramos,
http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2017-04-07/larry-graeber-place-to-place/

Red Dot, curated by Jacqueline McGilvray, catalog, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio

Survey: Texas sculpture group; curated by Chad Dawkins, Texas State University



2016
Passing Glance; James Joffe & Larry Graeber, Gallery 20/20, San Antonio

Above and Below; six sculptors, Curated by Sculpture Month Houston. sponsored by Rudolph Blume Fine Art
/Art Scan Gallery, Houston

Sculpture Month Houston; celebration and survey, Oct 15 - Nov 19 at the Decorative Ctr., Houston,

Rivard Report - Urban. Independent. All About San Antonio. Larry Graeber: Making Art as a Way of Life by

David S Rubin http://therivardreport.com/larry-graeber-making-art-as-a-way-of-life/

Meet the Future 2016 pop-up exhibition, six artists, McNay Art Museum, curated by Rene Barilleaux

Exhibitions

Abbreviated:
Solo Exhibitions:

2018 Silent; Dock Space Gallery, paintings and sculpture, San Antonio TX

2017 - 2018 Assorted Work; Overland Partners, paintings, sculpture, paper works, San Antonio TX

2017
Fiction; Sculpture and Wall Reliefs, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX

Place to Place; exhibition of sculpture, painting, work on paper, catalog - essay Chad Dawkins,
de stijl\Podium for Art, Austin, TX

2016
Principals of Elements, paintings, sculpture, works on paper, Mercury Project, San Antonio TX

2015
Here There, paintings and sculpture, Hunt Gallery, San Antonio Texas

2014
Traces, painting, sculpture and foam board, Houston Baptist University

2013
Paintings and Sculpture, Fact and Fiction, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio TX

2011
Paintings by Larry Graeber, Hunt Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2008
Land’s End, paintings and sculpture, Joan Grona Gallery, San Antonio

2008
Silver Lining, sculpture and paintings, Blue Star Contemporary Art for San Antonio

2007
Artist Looking at Art, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

2006
Negotiations, paintings and sculpture, Joan Grona Gallery

2005
Inclinations, paintings, sculpture, paper works, Hand Artes Gallery, Truchas, NM

2003
Flak, paintings, Gremillion Fine Art, Houston

1974
Works from a Small Duplex, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

Group Exhibitions:

2018
Seven Artist: Concrete Gallery (April), San Antonio Texas

International Sculpture Center, Hamilton Township,

2017
Intersections: Rachael Wren, David Alcantar, Larry Graeber - Curated by Benjamin McVay, Anthem Gallery, hosted by Flight Gallery, Blue Star, San Antonio

International Sculpture Center, Hamilton Township, International Sculpture Center's Chapter exhibition

Red Dot, curated by Jacqueline McGilvray, catalog, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio

2016
Space Gallery; six sculptors, Rudolph Blume Fine Art Artscan Gallery, Houston

Passing Glance; James Joffe & Larry Graber, Gallery 20/20, San Antonio

Above and Below; six sculptors, Curated by Sculpture Month Houston. sponsored by Rudolph Blume Fine Art /Art Scan Gallery at the Decorative Ctr., Houston

Meet the Future 2016 pop-up exhibition, six artists, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

Survey: Texas sculpture group; curated by Chad Dawkins, Texas State University, San Marcus

Geometry in the Life of Artist, curated by Matthew Eric Mendez, catalog, Drury University Springfield, Missouri

2015
McNeese National - works on paper, Crew, jurors mention, catalog, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Texas Abstract, two gallery exhibit, my work presented at Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston

2014
Texas Abstract, exhibition and book signing, Wade Wilson Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Entangled, sculpture show curated by Volker Eisele,Rudolph Blume Fine Art, Houston

New Arte Nuevo, UTSA, juror Catherine Lee, San Antonio

2013
Artists of SOMOMA from the SAMA Collection, San Antonio Museum of Art, Feb. - May

Tilt, seven perspectives on nonobjective painting,