A Life in Art
by Justin Spring
Yale University Press, $35, 383 pp.
Fairfield Porter (1907-75), Justin Spring argues in this new biography of the painter, art critic, and poet, has not been given his due and will not be appreciated until his work in all media-"an essentially diaristic project in which the artist perpetually sought to define his relation to the world"-is taken into account. This book makes an excellent start.
A good painter, an accomplished art critic, and a published poet, Porter...
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