Alexander Liberman

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Alexander Liberman (born September 4, 1912 Kiev , † November 19, 1999 in Miami Beach ( Florida )) was an American publisher , painter , sculptor and photographer .

life and work

Liberman emigrated with his family from Russia to England and received an education at an English public school. He then studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris and was involved in the editing of the French magazine Vu in the 1930s, together with Lucien Vogel and the photographers Brassaï , André Kertész and Robert Capa . After emigrating to New York in 1941, he started working for Vogue magazine and became artistic director in 1943. As editor of Condé Nast Publications , he was promoted to editorial director and worked in this position from 1962 to 1994.

Metal sculpture Covenant (1976) on the University of Pennsylvania campus , Philadelphia

Liberman began painting in the 1950s, and metal sculpture later followed suit. His sculptures were assemblages of industrial objects (for example steel segments and double T-profiles ) painted with flashy colors. He also devoted himself to portrait photography . His picture cycle The Artist in His Studio was first exhibited in 1959 at the Museum of Modern Art . Works by him are in museum collections, for example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art , Storm King Art Center, Hirshhorn Museum, in the Tate Gallery and in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum .

In 1990, Marion Countess Dönhoff had a memorial erected on the ramparts of Crottorf Castle in honor of the victims of the resistance, which was given to her by Alexander Liberman.



  • Alexander Liberman: Then. Alexander Liberman. Photographs, 1925-95 . Preface by Calvin Tomkins. Commentary by Alexander Liberman. Selected by Charles Churchward. Random House, New York NY 1995, ISBN 0-679-44524-2 .
  • James Pilgrim, Alexander Liberman: Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 . The Gallery, Washington DC 1970 (Exhibition Catalog, Washington DC, Corcoran Gallery of Art, April 19 - May 31, 1970).
  • Georgia Radford, Warren Radford: Sculpture in the Sun. Hawaii's Art for Open Spaces . University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu HI 1978, ISBN 0-8248-0526-7 , p. 94.

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