Oral history interview with Fairfield Porter, 1968 June 6
Transcript: 65 p.
An interview of Fairfield Porter conducted 1968 June 6, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Porter speaks of his family background and Harvard education; the Art Students League; his involvement with Marxism and his work as an art critic for "Art News" and "The Nation". He discusses his portrait commissions, his choice of subject matter, theories of realism versus abstraction and drawing versus color, and the role of the unconscious and the accidental in his art. He recalls Thomas Hart Benton, Jacques Maroger, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Walter Auerbach, Thomas B. Hess, Clement Greenberg, and Alex Katz.
Place of publication, production, or execution: New York (State)
General Note: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 24 min.
Access Note / Rights: Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Fairfield Porter, 1968 June 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding: Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note: Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) was a painter and critic from Southampton, N.Y.
Provenance: This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Porter, Fairfield, 1907-1975
interviewer: Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Subject: De Kooning, Willem
Subject: Coryllis, Peter
Subject: Benton, Thomas Hart
Subject: Greenberg, Clement
Subject: De Kooning, Elaine
Subject: Katz, Alex
Subject: Maroger, Jacques
Subject: Hess, Thomas B.
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)12873
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211982
Record number: AAA_collcode_porter68