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Lithograph and silkscreen with embossed plate
Published by The Committee to Endow a Chair in Honor of Meyer Schapiro (1904-1996) at Columbia University.
Art & Design Study Collection
School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building
Alexander Liberman was a painter, sculptor, and photographer. Born in Kiev, Russia, his family relocated to London while he was a child. Later moving to Paris, he entered a career in publishing.
Prior to immigrating to the United States in 1941, Liberman studied art in Paris under French cubist André Lhote (1885-1962). Upon entering the publishing world, Liberman did not return to art again until the mid 1940s and from the 1950s onward, he followed a parallel career in painting and sculpture.
Liberman favored abstraction rather than realism throughout his artistic development. During the 1950s his style was hard-edged and linear, while his approach in the 1960s and 1970s was more painterly, as seen in the Abstract Expressionist print by Liberman from the For Meyer Schapiro print portfolio.
This artwork is from a portfolio of original prints published in recognition of Meyer Schapiro (1904-1996), a distinguished art historian who was very much appreciated by major contemporary artists of his day.
In 1974, a committee was formed to establish a Chair in Art History at Columbia University in Schapiro's honor. The portfolio, published in an edition of 100, was produced to raise funds to support the Chair. UND’s set of portfolio prints are numbered 71/100.