Fairfield Porter - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Joan Ludman 23

  • Catalogue Essay

    Porter reinvented conventional genres in two keys simultaneously: realist and, for lack of a better word, performative. He subjected the decayed legacy of Post-Impressionist color harmonies to corrective discipline, making it deliver hard information on observed light and shadow. At the same time, learning from de Kooning, he re-centered painting in the freighted, purposeful stroke--a gesture that can unclench color, tone, contour, speed, and, in short, everything needful at once. (Peter Schjeldahl, Writings on Art from the New Yorker, Thames & Hudson, Inc., 2008, p. 139)


Sixth Avenue I

Lithograph in colors, on wove paper, the full sheet,
S. 23 3/4 x 30 in. (60.3 x 76.2 cm)
signed, titled, and numbered 44/60 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), co-published by Brooke Alexander, Inc. and M. Knoedler and Company, Inc., New York, pale light- and time staining, otherwise in good condition, framed.

$2,000 - 4,000 

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York