Fairfield Porter

1907 · United States

Artist biography

Fairfield Porter is an established artist, who originates from the United States. Fairfield Porter was born in 1907. Also born in the United States around 1907 and of the same generation are Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Arshile Gorky.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Fairfield Porter is represented by Tibor De Nagy Gallery located in New York, the United States. Fairfield Porter most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York with the exhibition AMHERST AND OTHER PLACES. The exhibition was open from 19 April 2019 until 23 May 2019. Fairfield Porter's only other exhibition is The Masters: Art Students League Teachers and their Students, which took place at Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York, the United States (18 October 2018 - 01 December 2018).

Fairfield Porter in private collections

It is the collector Joshua Voegelin, who is in possession of work by Fairfield Porter at Artland. Joshua Voegelin also has works by other artists including Sandro Diener, Sarah Derat, and Qafar Rzayev.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most powerful art centre internationally. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a strong influence upon the international visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Fairfield Porter

Fairfield Porter was born in 1907 and was primarily influenced by the 1920s. The notable innovations formed in the early years of the 20th century were matured further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period established the careers of many pioneering and inspiring practitioners in the pictorial arts. However it was a period of reflection following the horrors of the First World War, and major shifts in politics took place internationally. The philosophy of Marxism was prevalent among artist communities and groups. In Paris, artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine developed methods of art which were expressive and dynamic. Surrealism continued to develop in the 1920s and 1930s, and focused on the human unconscious and Freudian theory. Important artists to arise from this movement were Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Surrealism spread as an ideology worldwide due to its cultural importance, and developed to become the central expressive mode of the 1920s. It was aided by the liberal characteristics of Weimar Republic in Germany, and flourished under this way of thinking.

Fairfield Porter

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 4

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