A Dream World of Imagination: Charles E. Burchfield’s Golden Year
Venue: Burchfield Penney Art Center
Address: 1300 Elmwood Ave.
City: Buffalo, NY 14222 USA
Price: $8.00 - $10.00
Brief-description: some works never shownbefore in Buffalo.
Event url: www.burchfieldpenney.org
About: Charles E. Burchfield revered 1917 as a magical year in his artistic journey. “I have always believed 1917 to be the ‘golden year’ of my career,” he wrote, reflecting on his life and 50 years as an artist. It was a year of great transformation. He was young, inspired, and prolific. One hundred years later, the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State will present the A Dream World of the Imagination: Charles E. Burchfield’s Golden Year exhibition opening Friday, August 11. The new installation will showcase 52 works--paintings, drawings, and ephemera--that illustrate the ways in which this remarkable artist evolved as an inimitable American landscape painter. After graduating from the Cleveland School of Art in 1916 and a brief stay in New York City, Burchfield returned to Salem, Ohio. “In 1917, his style changed dramatically as he let his uninhibited imagination flow to create truly unique ways to represent how he perceived the world,” said Burchfield scholar Nancy Weekly. As the exhibition curator, she selected works from the Burchfield Penney’s collection, including the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, as well as works from anonymous private collections, the Blair Family, Chris and Debra Malof, the Parisi Family; the DC Moore Gallery and Peter Findlay Gallery in New York City, and private loans facilitated by Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts. Ten of the borrowed watercolors and one multi-media drawing in the installation have never been shown in Buffalo before. “This is a perfect opportunity to see creative watercolors for the first time, such as the explosive, wintry Sun and Snowstorm, bizarre Windy Trees in Sunlight or comical depiction of a neighbor in The Window by the Alley. The haunting vine-covered tree in Shaft of Light seems to predict our current dilemma of dying ash trees,” said Weekly. In an autobiographical sketch about 1917, Burchfield continued: Forgotten were the frustrations and the longing for more freedom. The big city was not for me. I was back home in the town and