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Art in Its Own Terms by Fairfield Porter
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Sep 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: art-criticism, keeper-will-reread, permanent-nightstand-item
Read from September 14, 2011 to January 11, 2012

Reading this book is like having a conversation with a thought provoking philosopher. It deserves revisiting regularly. It has earned its place on my household bookshelf. It is more than criticism, it's a guide to thinking and feeling about art, and to experiencing American art especially. It was my love of Porter's paintings that made me want to read these essays, but in the end these essays made me appreciate his paintings so much more than I already did. I am grateful to have new access to De Kooning's work, and finally some small insight into Jackson Pollack's, as well as some introduction to some names I did not previously know. This book is a companionable read, a wonderful collection of reflections and well-honed criticism. It is a book for anyone who loves paintings or timeless works of integrity...or for those who just like to read the words of a lively thinker. How often does that happen?
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