Oral history interview with Fairfield Porter, 1968 June 6
Porter, Fairfield, 1907-1975
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Benton, Thomas Hart
De Kooning, Elaine
De Kooning, Willem
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Transcript: 65 p.
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated 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.
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.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Fairfield Porter, 1968 June 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) was a painter and critic from Southampton, N.Y.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001