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Museum Publications

The Publishing Department supports the Museum’s mission to extend the reach of its collections and exhibitions to a diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination, and lifelong learning. We further scholarly study through the publication of in-depth collection and exhibition catalogues, develop popular books and handbooks, and collaborate with our colleagues in the creation of innovative new digital publishing platforms.

New Releases

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s first online scholarly publication, The John G. Johnson Collection: A History and Selected Works sheds new light on a signature collection of European and American art through interpretive essays, detailed analyses of more than 60 artworks, and integrated archival materials.
This important publication offers the first in-depth exploration of contemporary artist Bruce Nauman’s monumental work Contrapposto Studies, I through VII. The book surveys Nauman’s trajectory from his early works, which set clear precedents for experimentation with video and performance, to his latest installations that combine video, sound, and performative elements to create immersive environmental experiences. The essays also address Nauman’s return to the motif of contrapposto and the use of his own body as a tool and subject for performance.
With an emphasis on painting and sculpture made in the United States between 1910 and 1950, this gorgeously illustrated volume offers a rich introduction to American modernism through the world-class collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Works by internationally acclaimed artists from the circle of photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz, including Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Sheeler, are featured here alongside works by artists left outside the mainstream of art history.
Building the City Beautiful by historian David Brownlee, originally published in 1989, is the definitive book on the history of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. On the occasion of the Parkway’s centennial in 2017, Brownlee has revised the publication—which has long been out of print—adding new material on the Parkway’s past and present, including stunning new color photography.
Active from the late 1700s through the early twentieth century, the Peale family was America’s first artistic dynasty. This overview presents more than 150 works by the Peales in a variety of media from the renowned collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Author Carol Eaton Soltis traces the family’s history and reveals how the Peales’ energy, innovation, and entrepreneurship paved the way for generations of American artists.

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