Playful Seriousness: The Artwork of Claire Lieberman

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Claire Lieberman is a sculptor and installation artist who combines such unexpected materials as marble, Jell-O, and video. In her practice, she explores dichotomies like the sublime and the quirky, desire and danger, indulgence and guilt. Lieberman’s solo shows include: Massey Lyuben Gallery, NYC (now Massey Klein Gallery, NYC); THE LAB, NYC; Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta; Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale; PDX, Portland; Seoul Art Center, South Korea; University of Alaska, Anchorage; PDX Gallery, Portland; and Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University. Group shows at: Chelsea Art Museum, International Print Center, NYC; Galerie ACC, Weimar, Germany and Pulse NY.

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UDBO (Unidentified Dangerous Beautiful Objects) installation view,
Massey Lyuben Gallery, NYC, 2017, photo credit Bojune Kwon
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UDBO (Unidentified Dangerous Beautiful Objects) installation view
Massey Lyuben Gallery, NYC, 2017, photo credit: Malcolm Varon
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STAR FLEET 23in x 11.25in x 14.75in black marble 2017
photo credit: Bojune Kwon
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SPHERE WITH 2 Xs
black marble, engraving
11in H x 12.25i W x 11in Dx
2017
photo credit: Bojune Kwon
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RADIO 10.5in x 6.5in x 8.5in black marble 2017
photo credit: Ken Kashian
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GRENADE WITH FLOWERS (PRINT) relief print on handmade Korean paper with piercings
30in x 22in 2017 photo credit: Malcolm Varon
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GRENADE WITH FLOWERS black marble 14in x 11in diameter 2017
photo credit: Bojune Kwon
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FLOWER black marble 22in x 13.5in x 13in 2017
photo credit: Malcolm Cochran
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BLACK MARBLE GRENADE X 13in x 10in x 7.75in black marble 2017
photo credit: Ken Kashian
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BIG SONAR view 2 black marble 22in x 18in x 11.5in 2017
photo credit: Bojune Kwon

Lieberman’s work has been written about in whitehot magazine, The New York Times, ARTnews and Sculpture magazine. Her sculpture and prints are published in the book Camouflage (Imperial War Museum, London, and Thames and Hudson). Massey Klein Gallery, NYC, is publishing a new catalog of her work with an essay by critic Barry Schwabsky. The artist’s toy guns in glass will be shown at the MUDAC Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland in spring 2018.

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SUNSPOT SILENCER 5in x 10.5in x 3in glass 2017
photo credit: Ken Kashian
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LIMBO LASER glass 4.25in x 11.5in x 2in
photo credit: Ken Kashian

Lieberman has received awards from The Arctic Circle, Territory of Svalbard; Seaside Institute, FL; National Endowment for the Arts; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseilles; Künstlerhaus, Salzburg; Yaddo; and MacDowell Colony. The artist attended the Boston Museum School (BFA) and Pratt Institute (MFA with distinction). Claire Lieberman is represented in NYC by Massey Klein Gallery.

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To see more of her work, check out her website.