Brief-description: Showcases the stylistic changes of Charles E. Burchfield, opens Dec. 14 through March 31.
Event url: www.burchfieldpenney.org
About: New exhibition captures the range of Charles E. Burchfield’s artistic progression from wallpaper designs and prints to masterful paintings produced between 1921, when he moved to Buffalo, until a turning point in 1943, when at age 50 he experimented with yet another great stylistic change. Genius Loci: Burchfield’s Spirits of Place 1921-1943 will open Friday, December 14, 2018, as part of M&T Second Friday showcasing works from the Center, national museums, private collections, and illustrate this critical period in Burchfield’s life when he advanced to one of the most famous artists in the country.
Curated by Burchfield Scholar Nancy Weekly, lenders of artworks in the exhibition include the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; DC Moore Gallery, New York, New York; Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; The Spiro Family Collection, Courtesy, Debra Force Fine Art, New York; and an anonymous private collection. Genius Loci: Burchfield’s Spirit of Place 1921-1943 will be on view through Sunday, March 31, 2019.
Growing up in Ohio, Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) had the myriad details of its landscape indelibly imprinted in his mind. “Not satisfied with simply documenting his favorite countryside vistas, small-town eccentricities, and disturbing industrial blight, he revealed the true spirit of the places he painted. His perspective was not passive,” said Weekly. “Instead, he endeavored to paint lively images
that could stimulate several senses, condensing a span of time into each work—from the quick flash of lightning to a meander through the woods. The character of each place was distinctive, capturing the magic of its essence.”
November 1921 marks the month Burchfield moved to Buffalo, New York. Although he left his Ohio roots geographically, its memories still resonated in his imagination.
His new job as assistant designer at the prestigious M. H. Birge & Sons Company enabled him to use details from some of his be