Alexander Liberman (1912 - ) was born in Kiev, Russia.15 At age 9 he left Russia to attend school in England.(1) Later he joined his family in Paris, where he attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture.(2) During the 1930's, he became involved in publishing which he continued with Conde Nast after coming to the United States in 1941.(3) Liberman began creating sculpture in 1959 that incorporated a style that grew out of his earlier paintings. Beginning in the 1980's, his large sculptures became increasing complex. His paintings and sculpture, including "Phoenix" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, are in the collections of important museums throughout the world. Liberman's support of liberal causes, however, provoked President Richard M. Nixon to order his large work, "Adam," removed from the front of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.(4)
Footnotes:1 "Liberman, Alexander", 1987 Current Biography Yearbook, pp. 357-360.
2 "Liberman, Alexander", Who's Who in American Art, 1986, p. 612.
3 "Liberman, Alexander", Contemporary Artists, 1983, p. 545.
4 Current Biography, op. cit.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, January 1999.
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