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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

Designs for Different Futures records the concrete ideas and abstract dreams of designers, artists, academics, and scientists exploring how design might reframe our futures, socially, ethically, and aesthetically. Encompassing nearly one hundred contemporary examples—from wearable objects to urban infrastructure—this handbook interrogates attitudes toward technology, consumption, beauty, and social and environmental challenges.
This is the first publication to consider art to wear, also known as wearable art, as a discrete American movement that mirrored the cultural, political, social, and spiritual concerns of a generation of artists who came of age in the late 1960s and 1970s. Rich photography brings to life one-of-a-kind work by more than seventy-five artists who adopted nontraditional forms, materials, and techniques, using the body as an armature. Their legacy continues today among younger artists who have embraced multimedia forms of expression.
This sumptuously illustrated volume offers the first retrospective survey of the groundbreaking artist David Lebe. Featuring approximately more than 100 images by Lebe along with comparative works by other artists, the book includes an insightful essay that situates Lebe’s photographs both within the context of the Philadelphia art scene in which he was active and in relation to the practice of nationally recognized figures such as Barbara Blondeau, Ray K. Metzker, and David Wojnarowicz.
This richly illustrated catalogue highlights the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s wide-ranging collection of Chinese art, which spans antiquity to the present day. With striking new photography and illuminating discussions of individual works, this volume provides a fascinating look into the breadth and diversity of Chinese artistic experience and material culture. Accessible to general readers and of interest to scholars, this book is a valuable resource for those captivated by the many manifestations of art from China.
Featuring ninety highlights from the museum’s stellar collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, this handsome volume includes iconic works such as Paul Cézanne’s Large Bathers, Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Édouard Manet’s Le Bon Bock, and more. Entries provide a rich and encompassing view of the artists and the innovative works they created, considering both the experimental techniques employed in the paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings as well as how these objects functioned within the contexts of the art market, social history, and politics.
This book offers an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the twentieth century’s greatest and most enigmatic artists, Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968). A hugely influential pioneer whose creative output was predicated on a fundamental questioning of what art is, Duchamp is well known despite remaining mysterious as an artist, owing to his elusive persona and the unconventional nature of his work.