Philip F. Palmedo has had a diversified career as a physicist, art critic, and author. His writings on art have included articles in journals, catalog essays, and several books on modern sculpture. In his four monographs on individual sculptors, Mr. Palmedo has explored the relationship between artists’ lives and their work. He has used those individual histories to understand the creative process and the nature of sculpture as an art form. One reviewer wrote of his most recent book, The Experience of Modern Sculpture, that it enables “both novice and experienced viewers of three-dimensional art to enrich their experience and deepen the joys of their perceptions.” That describes well the objective of his writing. 


JOEL PERLMAN; A Sculptor's Journey

Introduction by Andre' Emmerich

Abbeville Press, 2006

         This handsomely illustrated volume is the first monograph devoted to the work of Joel Perlman, an acclaimed sculptor in steel and bronze, whose works are represented in the permanent collections of America’s top museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. All readers with an interest in contemporary sculpture will appreciate the thoughtfully written text, which relates Perlman’s art to his life and its historical context.

         Philip F. Palmedo draws on extensive interviews with his subject and his subject’s colleagues to engagingly describe how each chapter of Perlman’s life — from his early days of teaching alongside Kenneth Noland and Jules Olitski in the Bennington College art department to his struggle to establish himself in SoHo’s vibrant 1970s art scene — served to form his own Modernist aesthetic. Palmedo’s lucid narrative is complemented by an insightful foreword by renowned art dealer André Emmerich, whose gallery represented Perlman for twenty years.

     “This accessible, concise and gracefully-written book will reward those seeking an understanding of contemporary sculpture and the inner lives of those who create it."

Liz Kaplan, Arts & Lifestyles, January 25, 2007

Winner of the New York Book Show Award

Joel Perlman, A Sculptor's Journey can be purchased from Amazon or from Abbeville Press