Phil Patton

Phil Patton is the author of more than a dozen books.  He writes on auto design for the New York Times.

He has been a contributing editor at Departures, Esquire, and I.D. Magazine, and  a contributing writer at Wired.

Phil was a regular contributor to The New York Times Home and Garden section and, in 1998, originated the “Public Eye” column. He has written many books including: Made in USA: The Secret Histories of the Things That Made America (Grove-Weidenfeld, 1992), which was named a New York Times notable book of the year; Bug: The Strange Mutations of the World’s Most Famous Automobile (Simon & Schuster, 2002); Michael Graves Designs: The Art of the Everyday Object (Melcher, 2004); and Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51 (Villard, 1998). He has also written for Art in America, ARTnews, Connoisseur, Geo, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Journal, The New Republic, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Travel + Leisure, Traveler, The Village Voice and Vogue.

Phil was the Editorial Consultant on the Guggenheim Museum’s “Motorcycle” show in 1998 and Consulting Curator for the “Different Roads” exhibition at MoMA in 1999 and “Curves of Steel” at Phoenix Art Museum in 2007.  Among other shows, he was guest curator at the Museum of the City of New York for “Cars, Culture and the City.”

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