Alexander Liberman

Alexander Liberman (* September 4, 1912 Kiev ( Russia), † 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 in the 1930s along with Lucien Vogel and the photographer Brassaï, André Kertész and Robert Capa, involved in the editorship of the French magazine Vu. After emigrating to New York in 1941, he started at Vogue magazine to work and in 1943 was artistic director. As an editor at Condé Nast Publications, he was promoted to editorial director and worked in this position 1962 until 1994.

In the 1950s, Liberman started painting, and later followed by metal sculptures. His sculptures were assemblages of industrial objects ( eg steel segments and double-T profiles) painted with bright colors. In addition, he devoted himself to portrait photography. His series of paintings The Artist in His Studio was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1959. Of his works are in the collections of museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Storm King Art Center, Hirshhorn Museum, the Tate Gallery and in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Marion Dönhoff was build in 1990 on the ramparts of the castle Crottorf a monument in honor of the victims of the resistance, which had been given her by Alexander Liberman.


  • Gold Medal for Design, Exposition Internationale, Paris, 1937
  • D.F.A. (Doctor of Fine Arts): Rhode Iceland School of Design, Providence, 1980