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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.

Past issues of the museum’s Bulletin publication (1903–2012) are available through JSTOR.

A selection of fully digitized exhibition and collection catalogues published by the museum between 1936 and 2020 is available on Archive.org and, to subscribers, on the interactive platform Art & Architecture ePortal.

New Releases

This book presents the first in-depth survey of photographs by Richard Benson (1943–2017), who saw photography as a thrilling set of technical challenges and used it to craft profound depictions of people, the spaces of their lives and work, and the objects—both natural and artificial—that surround them.
Jasper Johns (b. 1930) is one of the most influential artists living today. Over the past 65 years, he has produced a radical and varied body of work marked by constant reinvention. Inspired by the artist’s long-standing fascination with mirroring and doubles, this book provides an original and exciting perspective on Johns’s work and its continued relevance.
Explore vibrant works of art to discover the many ways artists use color to help us see and think in new ways. Can colors make us feel cold or warm? Why do some colors seem louder than others? What do different colors remind you of? What Can Colors Do? is a playful introduction to color theory that opens our eyes to the beauty and complexity of the hues all around us. Published by Princeton Architectural Press with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Edmond Foulc’s renowned collection of medieval and Renaissance decorative arts attracted collectors and connoisseurs to his Parisian residence. Yet today Foulc is little known outside his native France, and the true reach of his collecting is little understood. This publication tells for the first time the story of his collection.
In a sustained exploration of the possibilities of abstraction, Sean Scully (b. 1945) has created a rich body of work throughout his fifty-year career. Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas sets his entire output within a detailed biographical framework, closely examining the relationship between the artist’s paintings and his lesser-known drawings, pastels, watercolors, and prints—areas of Scully’s production that are rarely considered together. At the heart of the book is an investigation of the development and reception of Scully’s work based on historical and contemporary reviews as well as extensive interviews with the artist.