The Art of Scent – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

The Art of Scent catalog
by Chandler Burr
Edition of 1,000


The IAO is pleased to team up with Chandler Burr to present this beautiful catalog, created for the seminal ‘The Art of Scent 1889 – 2012’ exhibition, at NY Museum of Art and Design. Printed in an edition of 1,000 only, there are select numbers left.

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This beautiful collector’s edition catalogue was made exclusively for the inaugural show of the Museum of Art and Design’s Department of Olfactory Art, curated by Chandler Burr.

The first of its kind, this limited edition coffret box features eleven of the scents exhibited in the show.

Each is contained in printed glass vials, accompanied by a soft cover book of eleven essays, which places each of the eleven works in historical context.

The catalogue is written by Chandler Burr, a journalist, author, and curator of olfactory art. Burr created the New York Times perfume critic’s position, which he occupied from 2006-2010. In 2010 he left the Times to establish the world’s first department of olfactory art, at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. His first exhibition The Art of Scent 1889-2012 ran from Nov 22, 2012 to May 3, 2013.

Learn more about Chandler Burr, here.


The 11 works featured are:
catalog-2vials01 Romanticism 1889 Aimé Guerlain
02  Abstract Expressionism  L’Interdit  1957  Francis Fabron
03  Early American School  Aromatics Elixir  1971  Bernard Chant
04  Industrialism  Drakkar Noir  1982  Pierre Wargnye
05  Surrealism  Angel  1992  Olivier Cresp
06  Minimalism  L’Eau d’Issey  1992  Jacques Cavallier
07  Photo Realism  Pleasures  1995  Annie Buzantian, Alberto Morillas
08  Kinetic Sculpture  Light Blue  2001  Olivier Cresp
09  Neo-Romanticism  Prada Amber  2004  Carlos Benaïm, Max Gavarry, Clément Gavarry
10  Luminism  Osmanthe Yunnan  2006  Jean-Claude Ellena
11  Post-Brutalism  Untitled  2010  Daniela Andrier


The Art of Scent catalog
Published: 2012
Material: Softcover book with Hardcover case
Size: 11.5″ x 9″

Original retail price at the Museum, $285. Available exclusively directly from curator Chandler Burr for only $175. 
Custom autographed copies available for $195


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The New York Times on founding the Department of Olfactory Art
The Wall Street Journal on The Art of Scent
Art Forum on The Art of Scent
Wallpaper on architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro design for Art of Scent
The Huffington Post, “Scent As Pure Art” Mary Orlin




catalog-3The Art of Scent 1889-2012 opened on November 20, 2012.

David McFadden, chief curator at the museum, told Burr, “This is a fascinating way to take a fundamentally new look at art and design. It is new to the public as an art.”

MAD Director Holly Hotchner told Burr “We are going to do for scent what has been done over the past hundred years for photography.”

If you can’t visit the museum, you can bring The Art of Scent into your own home. Burr has created an innovative catalog, which includes five-milliliter vials of all the scents in the exhibit except for Chanel N° 5.

Before now, if you read a catalog or book about perfume, you would not able to smell the aromas—unless you have a bottle of that scent with you. Burr brilliantly solves that issue with this catalog that also includes Burr’s essays on each scent. It’s a reference book not only for perfumistas, but lovers of art, history and culture.