Alexander
Liberman

(1912–1999)
Worked in Warren, CT

Year created: 
1965
Cardinal Points, Alexander Liberman

Alexander Liberman. Cardinal Points. 1965. Welded steel. 8'11" x 9'5" x 7'11".

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8'11" x 9'5" x 7'11"

welded steel
Gift of the artist, 1968.33

Alexander Liberman is one of the most prominent and prolific outdoor sculptors in America. During the 1950s, he pioneered and helped to popularize the creation of large-scale sculpture with assembled and welded bits and pieces of junk steel. He then painted his compositionally dynamic sculptures a single color—usually red-orange, or, as in Cardinal Points, black—to visually unify their disparate parts. Liberman eschews preparatory drawings. He works intuitively, directly manipulating the large steel parts into their final composition.