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Fairfield Porter painting Jane and Elizabeth, 1967, Water Mill, NY. Photo: Joe Hazan


Live-Stream Talk: Alicia Longwell and Eric Brown Discuss Fairfield Porter and Jane Freilicher

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE!

January 8, 5 pm - 6 pm

Join Alicia Longwell and Eric Brown in an online live-stream conversation about the friendship between artists Fairfield Porter and Jane Freilicher.
Porter and Freilicher met in 1952 when Porter reviewed Freilicher’s first exhibition at Tibor de Nagy Gallery for ARTnews. Porter described Freilicher’s work as “traditional and radical” and she remarked that his paintings were characterized by “an unfinished” quality, adding: “The same sort of casualness you find in the household, you find in his paintings.” Their comments reflect mutual admiration, and might easily be interpreted as musings on their own individual practices. Over the next two decades, they developed a nourishing friendship that centered on painting and family. Although Porter was seventeen years older, their first solo exhibitions were presented in New York just one year apart. Both remained stubbornly independent in the face of Abstract Expressionism, preferring to paint from observation rather than embracing the tenets of Action painting. Porter and his wife moved to Southampton in 1949. His works depict the family’s South Main Street home, garden and streetscape, subjects he explored repeatedly over many years. Freilicher first visited the area in the early 1950s, and in 1960, she and her husband, Joe Hazan, built a house on Mecox Bay in Water Mill, where she maintained a studio for more than 50 years.

About Eric Brown
Eric Brown was co-owner of Tibor de Nagy Gallery from 1994 to 2017. The gallery, started in 1950, introduced a group of prominent American painters with East End associations including Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Grace Hartigan, Fairfield Porter, and Larry Rivers. Brown has organized numerous exhibitions with a focus on these artists and their circle, including poets John Ashbery, James Schuyler, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O’Hara. He is currently an art dealer and curator, and Advisor to the Estate of Jane Freilicher.

 

Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor:Additional support provided by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.

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Date:
January 8
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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976 United States
Phone:
631-283-2118
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Live-Stream Talk: Alicia Longwell and Eric Brown Discuss Fairfield Porter and Jane Freilicher

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE!

January 8, 5 pm - 6 pm

Join Alicia Longwell and Eric Brown in an online live-stream conversation about the friendship between artists Fairfield Porter and Jane Freilicher.
Porter and Freilicher met in 1952 when Porter reviewed Freilicher’s first exhibition at Tibor de Nagy Gallery for ARTnews. Porter described Freilicher’s work as “traditional and radical” and she remarked that his paintings were characterized by “an unfinished” quality, adding: “The same sort of casualness you find in the household, you find in his paintings.” Their comments reflect mutual admiration, and might easily be interpreted as musings on their own individual practices. Over the next two decades, they developed a nourishing friendship that centered on painting and family. Although Porter was seventeen years older, their first solo exhibitions were presented in New York just one year apart. Both remained stubbornly independent in the face of Abstract Expressionism, preferring to paint from observation rather than embracing the tenets of Action painting. Porter and his wife moved to Southampton in 1949. His works depict the family’s South Main Street home, garden and streetscape, subjects he explored repeatedly over many years. Freilicher first visited the area in the early 1950s, and in 1960, she and her husband, Joe Hazan, built a house on Mecox Bay in Water Mill, where she maintained a studio for more than 50 years.

About Eric Brown
Eric Brown was co-owner of Tibor de Nagy Gallery from 1994 to 2017. The gallery, started in 1950, introduced a group of prominent American painters with East End associations including Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Grace Hartigan, Fairfield Porter, and Larry Rivers. Brown has organized numerous exhibitions with a focus on these artists and their circle, including poets John Ashbery, James Schuyler, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O’Hara. He is currently an art dealer and curator, and Advisor to the Estate of Jane Freilicher.

 

Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor:Additional support provided by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.