Formal ProofSterling Allen and Larry Graeber, Project Room Blue Star Contemporary



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 then director John Leeper and hosted by the McNay Art Museum in their upstairs galleries. 

In 2011 Larry curated and mounted the exhibit Margins; six artists with a catalog and essay for the campus gallery at UTSA and in 2016 was included in the first Meet the Future 2016 pop-up exhibit at the McNay Art Museum curated by Rene Barilleaux. 2008 saw inclusion in Art at Our Doorstep, compiled by Riley Robinson (Artpace) and Trinity Press and in 2014 the book Texas Abstract; modern/contemporary, painting and sculpture, Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards, Frisco Books. 

As of late Larry's been going back and forth, splitting his time between Marfa and San Antonio.

Recent events:

2020       July - Coming and Going; blurb book, works on paper 1990 – 2000 2020

              first quarter blurb book - Landscapes, Portraits and Assemblies 

               Art Folio 2020 curated collection edited by Douglas King Juror Mary Beaudry

             Creativpaper Vol 2, issue 018, pages 40 - 45

              Closing of exhibit Formal Proof; blurb book illustrates exhibit at Blue Star Contemporary Formal Proof, Sterling Allen and Larry Graeber with essay by Anjali Gupta

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 drawingsDec 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,


                 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

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

Artist Statement: In 2019 my artist statement was a quote from Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities and my remark, “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.” 

Today however, though much of that still seems true, the word SCRAMBLE comes to mind; an awkward, disorganized random agenda seems to be our state of existence, making for an almost unintelligible experience. 

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.

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contact information                                     210  834 0588                        

Texas painter and sculptor located in San Antonio, Texas

Please find here illustrated current paintings, sculpture, a page of assorted paper works and a miscellaneous page of past work that are also available.

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