Alexander Liberman: Photographs from the U.S. Bank Collection

Alexander Liberman (1912-1999) was a prominent magazine editor, publisher and artist. At Condé Nast Publications, where he served as editorial director from 1960 until 1994, he exerted tremendous influence in the worlds of both art and fashion publishing. Liberman introduced 20th century art to its readers by including it as backdrops in fashion shoots, and commissioning projects from prominent artists and photographers. As an artist, Liberman produced an impressive body of work, including paintings, photographs and monumental steel sculptures, included in museum collections worldwide.

In what is regarded as a significant contribution to art historical documents, Liberman photographed and interviewed the artists of the School of Paris, and later the comparatively younger artists of the New York School. The photographs and accompanying text have proved to be enormously important for providing critical insights into the working conditions and methods of these artists.


Alexander Liberman
Alexander Liberman, Helen Frankenthaler, New York Studio, 1975, Ektacolor RC print, 27.75 x 40.75"

Alexander Liberman
Henri Matisse, Nice, France
, 1951
Ektacolor RC print
27.75 x 40.75"


Alexander Liberman
Alberto Giacometti in his
Paris Studio
, 1955
Ektacolor RC print
27.75 x 40.75"

Henri Matisse, Nice
Alberto Giacometti, Paris

Alexander Liberman

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    Alexander Liberman, Henri Matisse, Nice, France Studio, 1951, Ektacolor RC print, 27.75 x 40.75"

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was an immensely influential French artist of the early 20th century, a master of the use of color and form to convey emotional expression. He is regarded as one of the great formative figures in 20th century art, who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the arts in the opening decades of the 20th century. He is responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.

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    Alexander Liberman, Alberto Giacometti in his Paris Studio, 1955, Ektacolor RC print, 27.75 x 40.75"

    Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) was a prominent and popular Swiss sculptor and painter, best known for his sculptures of the human form, stretched out with elongated limbs. The themes of his later works were of three types - the seated portrait, the walking man and the standing female nude. He enriched the field of modern sculpture with his creation of imagery and his innovative plastic technique.





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