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Art in Its Own Terms: Selected Criticism, 1935-1975 Paperback – December 1, 2008

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Artist, art critic, and poet Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) is recognized as a major twentieth-century American Intimist painter, whose body of work features lyrical depictions of everyday life and portraits of family members and friends, in the manner of the late-nineteenth-century French artists Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, whose paintings Porter greatly admired. He successfully produced realist work in the midst of the Abstract Expressionist movement. He has since been hailed by John Ashbery as "perhaps the major American artist of this century." Justin Spring's excellent recent biography, A Life in Art tells Porter's life story--integrating it with his art, art criticism, and poetry--and proves Ashbery's claim. 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 bohemian lifestyle, his work as a painter and art 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).

Sanford Schwartz is an independent journalist whose books include "Christen Kobke" and "Artists and Writers." Robert Storr is the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the New York Institute of Fine Arts and former Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Rackstraw Downes's work is represented in numerous museum collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MFA Publications/artWorks (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878467432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878467433
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ART IN ITS OWN TERMS: SELECTED CRITICISM, 1935-1975 provides a powerful survey by one of America's most influential painters, also an art critic. His writings consider the art world as a whole, analyzing the meanings of modern art on both a philosophical and artistic scale and providing college-level libraries strong in art theory and criticism with a powerful survey indeed. Suitable and recommended for classroom discussion, ART IN ITS OWN TERMS is a winning analysis.
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This is a vast collection of all of Porter's writings. I've found it to be an interesting view on the painting of Porter's day. His ideas are different than most of the main stream critics and he has a fresh way of writing about painting. The only complaint is that all the left pages are printed to one side forcing the paragraph to the middle. Makes for unsymmetrical reading but whatever.
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As a painter, Fairfield Porter remains a powerful and important influence decades after his death. His essays of criticism, written for art magazines, are refreshing peeks into the mind of an artist who was one of the few hardy souls to continue pursuing representational art when all of New York, the newly-minted, post-war capital of the art world, had gone ga-ga over anything and everything that was abstract.
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