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biography of Fairfield PORTER (1907-1975)

Birth place: Winnetka, IL

Death place: Southampton, NY

Addresses: Southampton, Long Island, NY, from 1949

Profession: Painter, lecturer, writer

Studied: Harvard Col. (B.S., 1928); ASL, with Boardman Robinson & Thomas Hart Benton, 1928-30.

Exhibited: PAFA Ann., 1934, 1962, 1966; AIC, 1935-38; five biennials, WMAA, 1959-67; Univ. Ala., 1964; Univ. Southern Ill., 1964; Purdue Univ., 1966 (purchase prize); Cleveland MA, 1967 (retrospective); Colby Col., 1969; M. Knoedler & Co, NYC, 1970s: Hirschl and Adler Gals., NYC, 1974 (retrospective)

Member: Int. Assn. Art Critics.

Work: MoMA; WMAA; MMA; BM; CGA; Hirshhorn Mus.; Cleveland Mus.; Wadsworth Atheneum; Univ. Nebr.; Purdue Univ.; Mus. of N. Mex., Santa Fe

Comments: Realist painter. Known for his intimate interior scenes, landscapes, and portraits (including ones of artist Larry Rivers and poet John Ashbery). Painted on Monhegan Island (Me.) and was a longtime summer resident of Spruce Head Island, Me. As a young man Porter studied art history with Bernard Berenson, and later, during the 1950s, wrote wrote art reviews and a book on Thomas Eakins (1959). Awards: Longview Found. Award for criticism in The Nation, 1959. Teaching: adj. prof. art, Southampton Col., Long Island Univ.; instr., Queens Col., NY, 1969; prof. & artist-in-residence, Amherst Col., 1969-70. Positions: ed. assoc., Art News, 1951-58; art critic, The Nation, 1959; also contribruted articles to Art in Am., Art & Lit., and others. Author: Thomas Eakins (Braziller, 1959).

Sources: WW73; John Spike, Fairfield Porter: An American Classic (NYC: Abrams, 1992); John W McCoubrey, American Tradition in Painting (Braziller, 1963); Baigell, Dictionary; Curtis, Curtis, and Lieberman, 185; Falk, Exh. Record Series.


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