EDWIN DAVID PORTER
STILL LIFE, LILIES
Oil on Canvas
33 x 29 Inches
Signed Lower Left, "Porter"
Old Label Affixed, Verso, Bearing Title, "Lily Parfait" and Artist Address
Born in Chicago, David Porter primarily worked in a strong Cubist/Constructivist manner, occasionally incorporating elements of Surrealism and Abstract-Expressionism and was a part of the famous "9th Street Show" in 1951. For the next thirty years he exhibited widely and with success at a variety of galleries, including the Hugo Gallery in New York City, the Jewish Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery, among others. Among his teaching positions, he was appointed artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College and taught figure drawing at Cooper Union. David Porter's work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Miami Museum of Modern Art and the Chrysler Art Museum among others.
In addition to his career as a fine artist, Porter was also a successful gallery owner, exhibiting mostly aspiring young American painters together with his own collection of contemporary Midwestern art. He became business partners with Caresse Crosby and together they opened 'The G Place Gallery' as a joint venture. However, he continued to maintain a significant degree of autonomy and the David Porter Gallery held an exhibition entitled: "Personal Statement/A Painting Prophecy - 1950", which included the works of Pollock, Gottlieb, Motherwell, Ernst, and Bourgeois, as well as other cutting-edge artists of the time.
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