David Porter

David Porter had thirty two one-man exhibitions in the US and Europe. His awards include: The Carnegie International, Guild Hall Regional Artists, First Award Provincetown Arts Festival and Gold Medal, first prize Italy's President Gronchi. in 1964 he was invited to be artist-in-residence at Dartmouth. He taught figure drawing at Cooper Union, was Guild Hail's only art instructor for four years, recipient of Beaux Arts Award NYC and has received a grant from The National Institute of ArtsĀ and Letters. Of the seven New York one-man exhibitions, two received rave reviews, one of which was a sell-out of twenty three paintings.

A native of Chicago, David moved to Washington, D.C. in 1942 where he was an economist for the War Production Board and founded the David Porter Gallery. In 1945 he organized an exhibition "A Painting Prophecy - 1950", which traveled to major museums from coast to coast. It included work by vanguard artists such as de Kooning, Gottlieb, Motherwell, Pollock and Rothko who wrote statements for the exhibition. Alfred Barr, Director of MOMA, New York City considered David Porter the Picabia of his generation.

In 1946 he moved to New York City and began spending substantial time with his painting. In 1951 he was included in the Whitney Annual, where Clement Greenberg singled out his painting "Ride to the Moon" as outstanding. His first solo show was in 1952 at Alexander Iolas's Hugo Gallery in Manhattan. In 1964 he had a solo show at the American Institute of Architects that was reviewed enthusiastically by the New York Times and the Herald Tribune, and was the sell out show mentioned above. David was a supporter of East End Hospice since its inception in 1986 and served as a member of the board of directors.



1912 - Born Chicago, Illinois, May 18.
1929 - Graduated from Englewood High School, Chicago.
1929-42 - Worked in various capacities for Security Supervisors, Inc., Chicago.
1932-33 - Night classes in economics, accounting, etc. , Northwestern University.
1938 - Figure drawing, night school, The Art Institute of Chicago.
1942 - Moved from Chicago to Washington, D.C., where employed as economist with War Production Board. Founded the David Porter Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1943 - In partnership with Caresse Crosby opened The Place Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1944 - Continued gallery alone, under the name David Porter Gallery.
1945 - Organized exhibition at David Porter Gallery, "Personal Statement / A Painting Prophecy - 1950." Wrote foreword and included works by such vanguard artists as Baziotes, Bourgeois, de Kooning, Jimmy Ernst, Gottlieb, Motherwell, Pollock, Pousette-Dart, and Rothko, with statements by most of them.
1946 - Moved to New York City, after frequent trips there during the Washington years,
and began devoting substantial time to painting.
1947 - Four months painting in Ajijic (on Lake Chapala), Mexico.
1948 - Married Marion Oettinger, Dec. 3.
1951 - Invited to exhibit in N.Y.C. "9th Street Show," organized by artist members of "The Club" (most notably Franz Kline. who designed the announcement) and installed by Leo Castelli. Jackson Pollock arranged for Porter to rent Wilfrid Zogbaum's studio in East Hampton, N.Y.
Members Exhibit and Third Annual Invitational by Regional Artists (Brooks, Krasner, Pollock, Niles Spencer, Zogbaum, etc.), Guild Hall, East Hampton. Received Honorable Mention for painting from judges Niles Spencer, Gina Knee, and Robert Coughlin.
Whitney Annual, where Clement Greenberg singled out Porter's painting "Ride to the Moon" as outstanding.
1952 - First one-man show, Alexander Iolas' Hugo Gallery, N.Y.C.
Exhibited painting in Contemporary Arts Society Survey of American Art, the Art Institute Of Chicago.
Included in Glamour magazine's "Discovery" feature, March.
Fifth Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Urbana, Illinois.
"Statement" by Porter.
Visited Haiti.
1953 - Bought property on Georgica Pond, East Hampton.
Included in Art Lending Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C. (for approximately six years).
One-man show, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Mass.
Second trip to Mexico.
Co-authored, with his artist friend Charles Sebree, the play "Mrs. Patterson," which starred Eartha Kitt and ran for three months on Broadway.
1953-55 - Publisher, Cosmopolitan.
1955 - One-Man show, Galerie Herve, N.Y.C.
1955-58 - National Sales Manager, Screen Gems.
1956 - "Flowers in Art," Guild Hall, East Hampton.
Subject of picture story, N.Y. Herald Tribune, Sept. 30, in which Marion Porter's term "clouage" (nailed) was first used.
1957 - One-man show, E.V. Thaw's The New Gallery, N.Y.C.
Color reproduction, The Ladies' Home Journal, January.
Television interview on the making of a construction, "Voice of America."
1958 - Made decision to devote full time to art.
One-man show, The Obelisk Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Won First Award, Provincetown Arts Festival.
Purchase by the Chrysler Art Museum (then in Provincetown) of 23 paintings covering all periods of work to date.
One of ten prize winners, The Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pa.
"Fifteen Artists of the Region" (Paul Brach, George Constant, Paul Georges, Balcomb Green, etc.). Guild Hall, East Hampton.
1959 - One-man show, Tirca Karlis Gallery, Provincetown.
Invited to show six paintings in "Modern Americans," The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio.
One of five artists, chosen by Kahn & Jacobs, Architects, to compete for mural commission at American Airlines terminal, Idlewild (now JFK) airport. Though Porter did not receive the commission, his work was subsequently purchased by the airline President and was also exhibited in IBM's ground-floor gallery on 57th Street, N.Y.C.
First trip to Europe, including various stops before finding studio in Rome.
1960 - One-man show, Galleria L'Incontro, Rome, which traveled to Palermo.
Included in International Exhibition, Sassoferrato, Italy.
Published "Why I Ran Away," The American Weekly, July 10, describing career and decision to work in Italy.
1961 - Again included in International Exhibition, Sassoferrato, Italy. Won first prize Gold Medal of President Gronchi, plus a plot of land overlooking the town and a commission (never completed because of lack of public funds) to decorate a chapel.
One-man show, Ann Ross Gallery, White Plains, N.Y. Also organized at same gallery, "1967: An Art Prophecy," including such young artists as Lee Bontecou and Milton Goldring.
1962 - One-man shows: Southampton Art Gallery; Ann Ross Gallery; Auslander Gallery, N.Y. C.
Group show, Arturo Schwarz' Galleria d'Arte, Milan, Italy.
1963 - Included in "Six Artist Exhibition," inaugurating the redesigned Mickelson Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Group shows: Robert Keane Gallery, Southampton; Castellane Gallery, Provincetown.
Second trip to Italy, stopping at Casablanca, where sea walls inspired "Mediterranean Wall Series."
1964 - One-man shows: Royal Athena II, N.Y.C.; Mickelson Gallery, Washington, D.C. (for which the catalogue included a statement by the artist and substantial quotation from major reviews to date by Brian O'Doherty and Stuart Preston of the New York Times, Louis E. Levick of the Journal-American, Emily Genauer of the Herald Tribune, etc.
"Painting and Sculpture by Artists of the Region" (George Constant, John Little, and Wilfrid Zogbaum, as well as Porter, who exhibited ten of his "Mediterranean Wall Paintings," Guild Hall, East Hampton.
Group shows at Long Island University and Parrish Art Museum, both in Southampton.
Silk screen prints for Council on Civic Responsibility and for NAACP
1964-65 - Artist-in-residence, Dartmouth College for fall semester, extended through spring. One-man show at Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, in which "white-on-white" works in acrylic were shown for first time.
1965 - Taught figure drawing at Cooper Union, N.Y.C.
"White-on-White" De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass. and then at Rigelhaupt Gallery, Boston.
1966 - One-man show, Library of Circulating Paintings, N.Y.C.
1967-68 - Delivered series of lectures and demonstrations of acrylic relief sculpture techniques to students at the Corcoran Museum Art School, Washington, D.C.
1968 - "Outdoor Fountains," Guild Hall, East Hampton (first work in iron).
One-man show, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter (white-on white reliefs and sculptures with related paintings and banners).
"Editions in Plastic," The Jewish Museum, N.Y.C.
Beaux Arts Award in Painting, Beaux Arts Club, N.Y.C.
1970 - Severely burned in an accident on Feb. 14, which required thirty blood transfusions and eleven skin grafts during the next six years. On medical advice, Porter gave up alcohol, partly due to its incompatibility with skin grafting and other medical problems.
Grant by the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
"Outdoor Sculpture" and one-man show, Guild Hall, East Hampton.
1971 - One-man show of six white acrylic reliefs, The Hemisphere Club, Time-Life Building, N.Y.C.
"Artists at Dartmouth" (selected work by artists-in-residence since 1962) shown at City Hall, Boston.
"Outdoor Sculpture," Guild Hail Museum (renamed), East Hampton (first work in bronze).
"Artists of Suffolk County, Part V, New Directions," The Heckscher Museum, Huntington, N.Y.
1972 - "Twenty-Three Sculptors of the Region," Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton.
1975 - One-man sculpture show, Southampton College.
"Artists of the Hamptons," benefit show and auction at Parke-Bernet Galleries of works donated by ninety artists of the region for the benefit of Guild Hail Museum.
1975-78 - Taught fall and winter painting workshops at Guild Hall Museum.
1976 - Made second trip to Morocco and spent four months painting in Marrakesh. Inspired by Islamic decorative motifs and iconography, continued work upon return to East Hampton. Also began part-time real estate business as means of support.
1978 - Exhibited sculpture in inaugural two-man show at Vered International Art Gallery, East Hampton (first use of articulated aluminum).
1980 - Visited Guatemala and the Yucatan (concentrating on the ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza).
1981-82 - Third and fourth trips to Mexico, including stays at San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque in the state of Chiapas.
1982 - "Poets and Artists," Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton.
1983 - Group show, Bologna-Landi Gallery, East Hampton.
Retrospective exhibition, Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y.