I am of the vintage that can boast of working at Vogue Magazine under the directorial eye of Alexander Liberman who reigned artistically supreme over the entire Conde Nast group of “books” from Vogue to Brides and all the Glamours and Mademoiselles in between. I had seen his super-sized sculptures made out of reclaimed oil cans and painted orange only in coffee table books. That is until my recent trip to Storm King in New Windsor, NY.
I had dragged my daughter along to share in the Liberman sighting. We walked the grounds under the sweltering sun in awe of how magnificent each and every art installation looked in their unique settings… expansive fields; woodsy environs; even islands. I had left the map in the car of this area that included over 100 sculptures, so I asked a grounds guide, who appeared out of nowhere next to the “Three Legged Buddha”, where I might find the Libermans. Surprised, she responded, “No one’s ever asked me for him specifically”. Another Storm King visitor approached the Buddha and overheard the guide. “His stuff is the best work here”. I welled up with pride in front of my daughter, so grateful first of all that they hadn’t thrown out his oil cans in favor of a new installation…and because I suddenly felt like an insider.. like I was related to the man, and not just a Vogue staffer whose name he would have never remembered. Here are pictures of just some of the works we saw.
ps: If you visit Storm King (and you really must), don’t eat at the Storm King Cafe. Stop off in Newburgh (ten minutes away) and eat here!