It's Modern: The Eye and Visual Influence of Alexander Liberman is the sort of visually arresting book you can't digest in one sitting. A terrific celebration of the life of the storied Condé Nast Editorial Director — who oversaw everything from Vogue and Glamour to House & Garden and Self — it features all the indelible images of his career. Deborah Turbeville's bathing beauties in white. A cigarette-smoking Marlene Dietrich. Dewy tulip closeups by Irving Penn. Few have impacted — and defined — magazine culture like Liberman. But the book, by former Vogue Design Director (and Liberman protégé) Charles Churchward, highlights his personal artwork as well, uncovering the story behind his numerous abstract paintings, massive metal sculptures and intimate photographs of Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti in their own studios. The resulting oeuvre, which spans much of the 20th century, is impressively vast and just plain impressive.

Cover of the first edition of Liberman’s book, The Artist in his Studio, 1960, from Viking Press © It's Modern: The Eye and Visual Influence of Alexander Liberman by Charles Churchward, Rizzoli New York, 2013