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. 





A Chef's Odyssey: An Autobiographical Cookbook, by Guy Reuge with Philip F. Palmedo.

            “What a pleasure to read this book!  It's the story of a boy in France with a dream to become a chef, and it follows him along the rocky road to finally become a great, successful chef-restaurateur in America.  The recipes in the book, classic French with a modern touch, are wonderfully detailed and reflect Guy's distinctive personal style.”  Andre Soltnér

Kepler in the Brancacci Chapel,”  Berkshire Review, Vol. III, 1,  1967; reprinted in Overseas,  December, 1967: Concepts of simplicity in art and in science 

The Wines of Long Island: Birth of a Region, with Edward Beltrami, Photographs by Sarah Matthews, Preface by Paul Pontalier. Waterline Books, 1993. Second edition, 2000. The third edition is in the works. 

            “…a fascinating, detailed, even gossipy account of how one of this country’s most            promising wine regions came to be. A must for any wine library.”  Elin McCoy and John         F. Walker, Food & Wine


Unique Forms of Continuity in Space and Time: Lin Emery,” Sculpture, December, 2011


The Guises of Galatea: Six Sculptors of the Figure

Catalog and essay for a show curated by Mr. Palmedo at Gallery North, June, 2003


Non-Sculpture; On the Origins of Aesthetic InstinctsLeonardo.


 Objects designed with purely practical purposes in mind, such as jet engine blades, are widely recognized as beautiful. This essay follows the implications of this, and the “beauty” of mathematical equations, back to the origins of our aesthetic instincts. An appreciation for mathematical relationships and physical phenomena such as balance, it argues, had survival and preferential mating value. This reasoning supports the argument that our aesthetic tastes are built into our genes and that art is a fundamental part of what makes us human.  

The Delight of Movement: Six Kinetic Sculptors

Catalog and essay for a show curated by Mr. Palmedo, May, 2013

Available from Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., Setauket, NY 11733

A fairly complete list of Mr. Palmedo's publications can be found at