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Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins research materials on Alexander Liberman, 1927-1999

Biographical Note

Alex: The Life of Alexander Liberman (Knopf, 1993) was written by Dodie Kazanjian and her husband Calvin Tomkins. Kazanjian and Tomkins are both authors and art critics in New York, New York. Alexander Liberman (1912-1999) was Editorial Director for Conde Nast for 51 years as well as an accomplished artist.
Kazanjian was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1952. She received her undergraduate degree from Salve Regina College in 1974, and subsequently worked a number of writing and editing jobs with the Washington Post, Washington Starr, House and Garden, Vogue, and The New Yorker. She has authored five books, held the position of communications director for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently the Director of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Tomkins is a writer and art critic who was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1925. He graduated from Princeton University in 1948, and went on to work as a journalist for Radio Free Europe and then Newsweek. Tomkins joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1960.
Alexander Liberman (1912-1999) was a Russian-American magazine executive, writer, painter, photographer, and sculptor. Liberman was born in 1912 in Kiev Russia. He was educated in London and the École des Beaux Art in Paris. While in France he was introduction to a career in publication working at Vu magazine owned by Lucien Vogel. After emigrating to New York in 1941, Liberman began working at Conde Nast Publications. For the next twenty years Liberman held multiple positions with Conde Nast's publication Vogue. Liberman was named Conde Nast's editorial director in 1964, a position he held until 1992. In addition to Liberman's career as an editor with Conde Nast, he wrote The Artist in His Studio (1960) and Marlene: An Intimate Photographic Memoir (1992), and has paintings and sculptures featured in museums and public sites worldwide.