New collection agreement: Editorial photographs of European and American modern artists by Alexander Liberman

November 10, 2010

Research Library at the Getty Research Institute




ARTstor is collaborating with the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute to share approximately 1,500 images of European and American artists from the archive of Alexander Liberman (1912–1999). An influential magazine editor, Alexander Liberman served as art director for Vogue magazine and editorial director of Condé Nast Publications from 1962 to 1994. He introduced modern art to fashion publishing, using artworks as backdrops for fashion shoots, commissioning projects from avant-garde artists and leading photographers, and publishing essays by art critics and profiles of living artists. Liberman established close personal and working relationships with many contemporary artists and notable personalities, often photographing and conducting interviews with his subjects in New York and Europe. His archive documents more than 242 major European and American artists, such as Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Barnett Newman, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko. Produced between 1925 and 1998, Lieberman's portraits captured artists at work or in their studios, many documenting works in progress or finished works of art. The collection in ARTstor will represent highlights from the Alexander Liberman photography archive, which comprises more than 148,000 photographic prints, transparencies, negatives and other related materials.

Born in Kiev, Russia, Alexander Liberman studied in London and Paris before immigrating to the United States in 1941. He published several books of his photographs, including: The Artist in His Studio (1960, 1988); Greece: Gods and Art (1968); Marlene: An Intimate Photographic Memoir (1992); Campodiglio: Michelangelo's Roman Capitol (1994); Then: Photographs 1925–1995 (1995); and Prayers in Stone (1998). An artist in his own right, Liberman is best known for his large-scale metal sculptures, which are assembled from industrial materials and often painted bright monochromatic hues. His public sculpture may be seen in over 40 cities worldwide and his work is included in major public collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, the Storm King Art Center, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Tate Collection, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.


For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Getty Research Institute: Alexander Liberman Archive collection page.


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