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Alexander Liberman

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Alexander Liberman (1912–1999) was a Russian-American magazine editor, publisher, painter, photographer, and sculptor. He was educated in Russia, England, and France, and began his publishing career in Paris in 1933–36 with the early pictorial magazine Vu, where he worked under Lucien Vogel as art director, then managing editor, working with photographers such as Brassaï, Andre Kertesz, and Robert Capa.

After emigrating to New York in 1941, he began working for Conde Nast Publications, rising to the position of editorial director, which he held from 1962-1994. Only in the 1950s did Liberman take up painting and, later, metal sculpture. His highly recognizable sculptures are assembled from industrial objects, often painted in uniform bright colors. In a 1986 interview concerning his formative years as a sculptor and his aesthetic, Liberman said, "I think many works of art are screams, and I identify with screams."

Before finding success in painting and sculpture, Liberman was a photographer. Beginning in 1948, he spent his summers visiting and photographing a generation of modern European artists working in their studios including Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Maurice Utrillo, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi, and Pablo Picasso.
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