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. 


Lin Emery

Introduction by John Berendt

Hudson Hills Press, 2011

         In this profusely illustrated book, Philip F. Palmedo presents an insightful and lucid account of the career of the prominent kinetic sculptor Lin Emery. Independent from an early age, and endlessly inventive, Emery pursued her career in Paris, New York and to this day in New Orleans. Starting as a realist influenced by French Romanesque sculpture, Emery followed a continuously inventive evolutionary path, mastering the crafts of her calling along the way: casting, welding, metal forming and engineering. After working in a figuirative, then an abstract style in metal, she moved into the kinetic work for which she is best known. In some regards, Emery’s kinetic sculpture descends from Russian Constructivism, but it also embodies her own deep responses to nature, to flowing water and wind-blown trees. Her sculpture also has affinities with her mentors, such as Ossip Zadkine, Isamu Noguchi and George Rickey, but Emery’s art is entirely her own, and constitutes a major contribution to the history of kinetic sculpture. Lin Emery’s work can be seen in many civic sites around the world and she has received numerous honors including the Grand Prize for Public Sculpture in Japan.

            “Mr. Palmedo’s clear, insightful prose relates how Lin Emery’s work has been shaped by her personality, relationships with fellow artists, and long-standing connection with the city of New Orleans. He guides his readers to a deeper appreciation of Ms. Emery’s place in the field of modern sculpture.” 

Deerfield Review, Fall, 2012


Lin Emery can be purchased from Amazon