Liberman is best known for his monumental scale outdoor sculpture in metal such as Torre II. His early works, composed of discarded boilers cut with blow torches, have evolved into sliced columns on a smaller scale. He typically paints his metal sculptures a reddish orange to accentuate the form of the works.
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Alexander Liberman is an active sculptor, painter, photographer and printmaker, and was until last year editor of all Conde Nast publications. It is probably his monumental scale outdoor sculpture in metal for which Liberman is best known.
Alexander Liberman was born in Kiev, Russia in 1914. He divided his early school years between Moscow and London and later studied in Paris. During his extensive travels, Liberman was exposed to the work of many artists and developed a keen interest in all of the arts. Liberman's mature work was clearly influenced by his early contact with the School of Paris and Constructivism.
Alexander Liberman's first outdoor scale sculptures in the 1960's were composed of discarded boilers, a basic cylinder form which he was able to "cut" with blow torches. His later works, although no composed of inductrial materials, recall this form of sliced columns on a smaller scale. He typically paints his metal sculptures,most often in a reddish orange color to accentuate the form of the works.
Several years ago, Liberman said of his ow work, "Even the most monumental sculptures that you see are really throws of chance. Many of the cylinders that are in the air are really thrown in the air, literally assembled by me on a tentative emotional principle." Despite this seemingly nonchalant attitude, Liberman carefully plans works before executing them in outdoor scale, either by making maquette or detailed plans.
Alexander Liberman's solo museum shows include a 1970 retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; a 1977 retrospective at the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York; and a 1985 exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. He has regularly has one person gallery exhibitions worldwide since 1960, including 18 with the Andre Emmerich Gallery since 1967.