Marjorie Liebman

After graduating from Central High School in Memphis, Marjorie Liebman studied at the Chicago Art Institute, Washington University Art School, and The Art Student’s League in New York City, with Robert Brackman, Vaclav Vytlacil, and Hans Hoffman. She later received her BFA at the University of Mississippi.

One of the United States most outstanding artists, Miss Liebman’s work has been recognized in Europe, Mexico, Asia and around the world. She has shown by invitation at the Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and had four solo shows at the Betty Parson’s Gallery in New York City (1952, 1954, 1956, and 1958). She has also shown at Vendome Art Galleries, Mexican Spanish Institute, Corcoran Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and has won the Memphis Brooks Purchase Prize (1971), The Grumbacher Prize and many others too numerous to mention. One of Miss Liebman’s paintings, The Bridges, was selected to appear in American Embassies around the world. In 1962 she was awarded a grant at the Huntington Hartford Foundation in California.

Her work is in the permanent collection of the Brooks Museum, the Olsen Foundation in New York, the Cultural Mexican-American Institute in Mexico and other galleries and private collections.

The former director of The Memphis Brooks Museum writes about Miss Liebman: “Memphis is indebted to Marjorie for more than just her art work…She was one of the prime movers in organizing and mantaining the Art Today Group at the Memphis Brooks, purchasing works like Jackson Pollock, Agnes Martin, Kenzo Okada, Mark Rothko and others…”

Former art dealer Betty Parsons calls Miss Liebman: A very beautfiul painter: sensitive, visionary, with a tremendous reach above the horizon.”

Former Poet Laureate of Tennessee Kenneth Beaudoin notes that “Marjorie Liebman’s painting over the years has been haunted with huge luminous and silvery shining figures painted with dawn colors.”

One of her greatest compliments were by friend and fellow artist Mark Rothko, exclaiming “Your one of us, you’re wild!” regarding Miss Liebmans first solo show at the Parsons Gallery in 1952. She later befriended collagist Anne Ryan, Agnes Martin,and Ethel Swachbacher, all part of the Betty Parsons Stable.

She was multi talented-an accomplished writer, as well as painter, and has been published. Miss Liebman was a life time member of The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. She died February 24, 2007 from complications of pneumonia.