Fairfield Porter (American, 1975)

Fairfield Porter (American, 1907–1975) is recognized as one of America’s most influential 20th century painters. Though better known for his art, Porter was also an accomplished art critic. By creating representational and Realist works during the dominance of Abstract Expressionism, Porter is credited for keeping Realism alive. In 1924, he attended Harvard University, where he focused on philosophy. After college, Porter studied under the painter Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975) at the Art Students League of New York. The city harbored his interest in radical politics, and Porter's work grew more socially relevant. In 1949, he moved with his wife, Anne Channing, to a seaside town in Long Island, which was the inspiration for many of his landscape paintings. By 1951, he had become the associate editor of Art News and had his first New York exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Porter's close friend Willem de Kooning (American/Dutch, 1904–1997) had recommended Porter's distinctive work to the gallery, who agreed to exhibit it upon de Koonings word. Shortly after, the gallery began representing Porter, providing him with annual exhibitions and shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His nature-influenced works continue to be celebrated for highlighting the extraordinary in common, daily life.

Timeline

1907
Born in Winnetka, IL
1928
Studied Philosophy and Art at Harvard, Cambridge, MA
1930
Studied at the Art Students League, New York, NY
1931
First lithographed illustration for The Possessed by Dostoyevsky, Italy
1932
Married poet Anne Channing, New York, NY
1975
Died in Southampton, NY

Exhibitions

2010
Fairfield Porter: Raw—The Creative Process of an American Master, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY (solo)
Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1995
Fairfield Porter : Drawings and Poetry, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1993
On Paper: The Figure in Twentieth Century American Art, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
1991
Drawings By, Proctor Art Center, Bard College, Annadale, NY
1987
Still Life, Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, WI
Compass Rose Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition, Chicago, IL (solo)
1986
The Late Watercolors, Katonah Gallery, Katonah, NY (solo)
Art Museum of Florida International University, Miami, FL
Objects Observed, Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ
Drawings and Drawings, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1985
The Realist Landscape, Robeson Center Gallery, Newark, NJ
Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY (solo)
1984
Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, CT (solo)
Paintings and Works on Pater', Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
Art and Friendship: A Tribute to Fairfield Porter, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
1983
Retrospective, organized by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (solo)
1982
Haus Olen Kunst, Munich, Germany
1981
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Contemporary American Landscape, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY
1979
Mickelson Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
Artist's Choice Museum, New York, NY (solo)
Hull Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
Gross-McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)

Literature

1989
Arthur, John. Spirit of Place. Boston: Bullfinch Press, 1989.
1979
Downes, Rackstraw. Art in Its Own Terms: Selected Criticism, 1935-1975. Boston: MFA Publications/artWorks, 1979.