Abracadabra is one of the largest works that Liberman ever constructed. It’s made out of a mix of sheet and cylinder steel, painted a vibrant red.
Liberman was primarily known for working with cylinders, but later in his career he started to work with more sheet steel. Abracadabra is influenced by the several trips Liberman took to Greece in the mid-60s, to study the remnants of Greek and Roman architecture.
In the case of Abracadabra, Liberman built this piece full scale, meaning there was no model or moquette. He would draw on sheets of the steel; the fabricator would then cut them out and use cranes, sometimes multiple cranes, to put them in temporary positions as the piece was built.
Alexander Liberman was born in Russia in 1912. He joined the staff of Conde Nast in 1941 and before long became the Art Director. Liberman began his career in art as a painter and a photographer, turning to sculpture in the 1950s. Now a world-renowned artist, his sculptures can be seen in all the great venues of the world.