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Riassunto: Fairfield Porter, a painter who produced realist work in the midst of the Abstract Expressionist movement, was hailed by John Ashbery in 1983 as "perhaps the major American artist of this century." This intimate literary and intellectual biography of Porter tells his life story -- integrating it with his art, art criticism, and poetry -- and in so doing explains Ashbery's claim.
Drawing extensively on Porter's correspondence and on interviews with members of his circle, Justin Spring chronicles Porter's upbringing in a wealthy family; his education at Harvard; his youthful travels in Europe and Stalinist Russia; his marriage to Anne Channing Porter, a poet; his work as a painter and critic in New York; and his association with major figures of the American modernist movement, both artists (Alfred Stieglitz, John Marin, Willem de Kooning, and Alex Katz) and poets (John Wheelwright, Kenneth Rexroth, Frank O'Hara, and, finally, James Schuyler, who lived with the Porters for over a decade). Spring presents a balanced picture of Porter as a fascinating, talented, but troubled man who lived a politicized, bohemian life, struggled to raise a family of five while dealing with a bisexual identity, and triumphed only late in life as a painter and critic.
Twenty-five years after his death, Porter remains highly regarded within the art world but little known outside it. This absorbing biography will give him the public recognition he so richly deserves.
Recensione: Fairfield Porter, the lyrical American painter of tense slices of family life, was an extraordinarily complex and conflicted person. Born in 1917, Porter finally achieved a measure of fame in the 1950s as part of the second wave of New York School artists--only to be eclipsed as a realist painter a few years later by the brashly ironic crew of pop artists.
Born into a patrician family, Porter lived most of his life on a dwindling trust fund, in a succession of sparsely furnished rural houses that he kept escaping to hang out with artists and writers in New York City. (He also wrote poetry and art criticism.) Although his political sympathies led him to dream of being a great muralist, his discovery of the intimate domestic scenes of Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard proved the key to his mature style.
Porter's immediate family populate many of his best paintings, yet he was the most ambivalent of family men. He had five children with his long-suffering wife, Anne, a poet who survives him, but skipped town when each one was born. To complicate things further, he discovered in midlife that he was in love with the poet James Schuyler, who became a perpetual houseguest long after the brief affair was over.
Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art, by Justin Spring, is not the sort of art book you plop on the coffee table to browse "some day." Modestly sized and handsomely designed--with just enough good-quality reproductions (27 in color) to whet your appetite for the way Porter's seductive palette sets off his intensely isolated figures--this is a page-turner to read in bed. --Cathy Curtis
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Descrizione libro Yale University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Codice libro della libreria 2731706895
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 1999. Condizione libro: Fair. First Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP93556401
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 1999. Condizione libro: Good. First Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP2601799
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97803000763704.0
Descrizione libro U.S.A.: Yale University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. 2000. Yale University Press. Sm. 4to. Hardcover. Second printing. Fine in fine DJ. (AMUP). Codice libro della libreria F4241
Descrizione libro Yale University Press January 2000, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. used hardcover in a dust jacket. jacket is slightly worn about the edges, but with no tears and not price clipped. Codice libro della libreria 1008211
Descrizione libro Yale University Press 1999-12-11, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: good. First Edition. 0300076371. Codice libro della libreria 660282
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Like New. Condizione sovraccoperta: Like New. Like-new in nice jacket. Codice libro della libreria 219203
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Codice libro della libreria GD-136-17-2099302
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good+. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Very nice hardcover copy; clean and tight. Rubbing to covers at edges and corners. A small spot of water stain at top of page edges. DJ has light soiling and edge wear and is now protected in mylar. ; 10.10 X 7.10 X 1.30 inches; 384 pages. Codice libro della libreria 38326