Concurrent with a distinguished career in publishing, Alexander Liberman was actively engaged as an artist, finding critical and popular acclaim for his paintings, photographs, and sculpture. Standing more than 42 feet tall, enabling viewers to walk around and through the work, Aria clearly references the artist’s admiration for architecture. An aria is an elaborate melody sung by a single voice. The organic shaped elements of Aria seem to suggest music notes, while the linear elements seem to reference a music staff or interlocking sounds, with the color red unifying the composition.

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Alexander Liberman. Aria, 1979–1983. Painted steel, 42 feet tall. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © 2002 Alexander Liberman Trust.

Alexander Liberman. _Aria_, 1979-1983. Painted Steel, 42 feet tall, Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Estate of Alexander Liberman.