Alexander Liberman, a luminary figure in the American cultural world during the second half of the 20th century, gracefully straddled the worlds of publishing and the fine arts. For decades he was the artistic director of Condé Nast Publications, yet worked tirelessly as a painter and sculptor. This garden-scale work effectively conveys the artist’s use of industrial materials manipulated according to a Minimalist aesthetic. Around is painted in classic “Liberman red,” the bold color unifying the work as a cohesive but powerful form.
Alexander Liberman, Around. circa 1971. Steel, 66 x 60 x 44 inches. Anonymous gift. © 2002 Alexander Liberman Trust.