"Fairfield Porter: A Life In Art" by Justin Spring (Yale University Press, 383 pages, $35)
Treasured as a realist by many people who find abstraction distressing, Porter may be the most misunderstood of major American modern painters. That his work is splendid is hard to doubt -- but his aesthetic impact and influence went way beyond his painting. His writing on contemporary art and artists qualifies as enduringly important. Justin Spring has gone to commendable lengths to present the spirit and mind of a deeply troubled, brilliant man. The result is an extraordinarily valuable exploration of modernity in America.
Pub Date: 02/27/00