Joel Perlman


Joel Perlman Biography

American, b. 1943

New York-born sculptor Joel Perlman has been creating abstract metal works throughout his 30-year career. Recognized for his immense steel structures that interweave flat geometric planes of form, Perlman has maintained an active studio and commission practice that has evolved over time. Working with the material process of steel, Perlman cuts and arranges shapes, manipulating the metal and joining lines without pre-design. Deeply influenced by Russian Constructivism, Perlman’s works are known for their relation to space, whether fifteen feet or fifteen inches. His more recent works are dynamic explorations of circular form, reminiscent of the sculptures of Alexander Rodchenko.

Perlman has shown his sculptures in solo and group exhibitions since the late 1960s, including the seminal Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell, and the 1973 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennale. Perlman is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. His work is included in important public and private collections. He has also been commissioned for many site-specific works including Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, The 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, and the Ursukushi-Ga-Hara Open Air Museum, Japan.

1943 Born New York City
1964 Central School of Art, London
1965 Cornell University, B.F.A.
1967 University of California, Berkeley, M.A.
1969 - 72 Instructor Bennington College
1973 Instructor School of Visual Arts (ongoing)
1974 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
1977 Commission for Storm King Art Center
1979 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship
1980 Commission for Winter Olympics, Lake Placid
1995 The Special Prize, Fujisankei Biennale, Japan
1996 Commission For Tenneco World Headquarters
1998 Elected Cornell University President's Council
1998 Commission For Grounds For Sculpture
2004 Commission for ABN Amro Plaza Chicago
2006 "Joel Perlman, A Sculptors Journey," Abbeville Press
2012 Pollock-Krasner Grant
2015 Advisory Council, Cornell, College of Architecture, Art and Planning
Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Lewis and Clark College, Godfrey, Illinois
Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Bates College Museum, Lewiston, Maine
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
Herber F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
I.B.M. Corporation, Thornwood, New York
Los Angeles County Museum, California
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida
Martin Z. Margulies Sculpture Garden, Miami, Florida
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Hamilton, Ohio
Rudin Management Company Inc., New York
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York
Ursukushi-Ga-Hara Open-Air Museum, Japan
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2014 Loretta Howard Gallery, New York
2013 Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York
2012 Kouros Gallery, New York (& 2010, 2007, 2000, 2002, 2005)
2009 Ober Gallery, Kent, Connecticut
2008 Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago (& 1996, 1999, 2003, 2006)
2007 Butler Fine Art, East Hampton, New York
1996 Glenn Horowitz Gallery, East Hampton
1993 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York (& 1987, 1985, 1982, 1980, 1976, 1973)
1993 Eve Mannes Gallery, Atlanta
1991 Samuel P. Harn Museum, University of Florida
1990 Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell
1990 Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami (& 1983, 1989)
1986 Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles (& 1983, 1980)
1977 Gallery Andre Emmerich Zurich, Switzerland
1977 Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany
1970 Bennington College, Vermont
1969 Axion Gallery, London, England

2014 Gensler Architects, New York, New York
2011 - 1998 Century Association, New York, New York
2011 Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2007 Esteban Vicente / Joel Perlman, Butler Fine Art East Hampton, New York
2007 Martin Z. Margulles Warehouse, Miami, Flordia
2003 Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York (ongoing)
2000 Welded Sculpture of the 20th Century, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York
2000 LongHouse, East Hampton New York (ongoing)
1999 Pier Walk, Nay Pier, Chicago, Illinois (& 1993)
1998 Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri
1996 Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey (ongoing)
1995 The Second Fujisankei Biennale, Japan
1985-1998 Top Gallent Farm, Pawling, New York
1987 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1982 Mayor Byrne's Mile of Sculpture, Chicago, Illinois
1977 Storm King Art Center (ongoing)
1973 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennale