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Fairfield Porter: Things as They Are

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Thursday, 20 October 2016 to Saturday, 3 December 2016

Fairfield Porter: Things as They Are, October 15 – December 3, 2016PRESS RELEASE

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by the American Realist painter Fairfield Porter (1907-1975).  This will be the gallery’s seventeenth exhibition of the artist’s work.  The show coincides with the publication of a new monograph on the artist work. The exhibition concentrates mainly on landscapes from the 1950s through the 1970s of Maine and Southampton in addition to interiors scenes and portraits.

As a painter, Fairfield Porter forged a distinctly American vision out of two disparate styles:  the first—loose representation characterized by intimacy and directness; and the second—gestural abstraction.  Porter’s broad knowledge of art history informed not only his art criticism but his painting as well.  His work is best considered as a lifelong project in which he perpetually sought to define for himself his relation to the world.

Porter was largely a self-taught painter. He was as much influenced by French Intimists such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, as by his contemporaries during a time when Abstract Expressionism was at its height. Foremost among his allies were Willem and Elaine de Kooning, artists with whom Porter sustained a dialogue which would prove deeply meaningful in his own work.  Remaining defiantly figurative despite an art scene that swung increasingly toward abstraction, and choosing as his subjects the places and people where he felt most deeply connected, Porter produced a body of work that is significant and consistent in its vision.

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New York, NY 10019

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