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