Organized by AXA Gallery in New York
Justin Spring, Curator
Fairfield Porter, a 20th century painter who produced Intimist-inspired Realist works in the midst of the Abstract Expressionist movement, was hailed by John Ashbery in 1983 as “perhaps the major artist of this century.”
This exhibition, curated by the author of a seminal biography of Porter, which is being published simultaneously by Yale University Press, presents his paintings in the context of his life as an artist, art critic, poet, and political intellectual, as well as a husband, father, and friend.
Of all American painters of the late-20th century, no one has created more significant images of family and home than Fairfield Porter. This exhibition of 75 works assembles the most revealing images of Porter’s home life, as well as portraits of family and friends—including individuals who have since become the foremost literary, artistic, and intellectual figures of their generation. Letters, drawings, and photography supplement the paintings in the exhibition, giving a greater sense of Porter’s environs, particularly his remarkable home in Southampton, Long Island, and his family’s island, Great Spruce Head, in Maine.