Alexander Liberman was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1912. His father was an economist and lumber expert who advised the Tsar and then following the revolution, Lenin. His mother started the State Theater for Children in the Soviet Union. Through his father’s connections, Alex left the Soviet Union in 1921 for England and eventually studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. He began working at VU magazine in 1932.
With the German occupation of Paris, Liberman left Europe for New York and secured a job in the art department of Vogue in 1941. In 1962 he was appointed Editorial Director of all Condé Nast publications worldwide, a position which he held until 1994 and through which he. was influential in shaping the cultural landscape of post-war America.
From a young age, his mother encouraged Alex to paint and draw. Around 1950 he started making sculpture and in 1959 he learned to weld. Many of his sculptures were assembled from industrial objects, often using circular oil drums. After his ground-breaking show at the Storm King Art Center in 1977, he was widely received as one of America’s foremost artists.
At Tippet Rise, Archway II is sited in a dramatic saddle, serving as a metaphoric gateway to the Beartooth Mountain range in the distance. Like many of his monumental sculptures, it is painted a striking red, and is illustrative of Liberman’s lifelong fascination with altars and arches which draw viewers into their sacred spaces.