Joel Perlman American, b. 1943


Joel Perlman is best known for his sculptures that juxtapose flat geometries of welded steel, aluminum, and bronze in three-dimensional space. His sculptures sketch themselves out in airy volumes, both glorifying and defying the weight and density of the materials.

Perlman was born in New York City where he continues to work, as well as maintaining a studio in Watermill, New York. He began welding at Cornell University (BFA 1965) and then at the Central School of Art and Design, London, and the University of California, Berkeley (MA 1967). In the 1970-90’s he had numerous exhibitions at the seminal Andre Emmerich Gallery in New York. 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 including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, The Los Angeles County Museum, California, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

In addition to his rigorous studio practice, the artist is well known for his public and privately commissioned site-specific works. They include the ABN Amro Bank Building, Chicago, The IBM Corporation, Thornwood, New York, 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, Hamilton, New Jersey 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 2018 Commission for 52 Lime Street, London EC3, England
2022 Commission for Primera Companies, Dallas, Texas


Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida Lewis and Clark College, Godfrey, Illinois
Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Bates College Museum, Lewiston, Maine

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
Herber F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell, New York Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. I.B.M Corporation, Thornwood, New York
Kramer Levin, Neftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, New York Los Angeles County Museum, California
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida

Martin Z. Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, New York Property Group Partners, New York, New York Pyramid Hill Sculpture Garden, Hamilton, Ohio Rudin Management Company Inc., New York Storm King Arts Center, Mountainville, New York Ursukushi-Ga-Hara Open-Air Museum, Japan Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


2022 Mark Borghi Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York 2019 Loretta Howard Gallery, New York (& 2016, 2014) 2018 Ille Arts, Amagansett, New York
2016 Garrison Arts Center, Garrison, New York

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


2018 – 2011 Century Association, New York
2017 South Hampton Arts Center, South Hampton, New York
2014 Gensler Architects, New York
2011 Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2007 Esteban Vicente / Joel Perlman, Butler Fine Art East Hampton, New York 2003 Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York (ongoing)
2000 Welded Sculpture of the 20
th Century, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY 2000 Long House, East Hampton, New York (ongoing)
1999 Pier Walk, Nay Pier, Chicago, Illinois (& 1993)
1998 Laurmeier 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, Mountainville, New York (ongoing) 1972 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
1973 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennale
1969 Open Air Sculpture, Edinburgh, Scotland
1968 Contemporary Art Fair, Florence, Italy
1967 University of California, Berkeley
1966 “Transatlantics” American Embassy, London
1965 Grosvenor Gallery, London, England
1965 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York