Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield

October 4, 2009 by: Daniel Ostroff

Charles Burchfield painted at least some of his masterpieces while sitting in an Eames DCM.  A blow up of this photograph was presented at the entrance to this exhibition, HEAT WAVES IN A SWAMP.  You can see this show now, through January 2010, at the Hammer Museum.

 

The Hammer describes the show:  “Heat Waves in a Swamp will be the first major Charles Burchfield exhibition to be mounted on the west coast and the first in New York for more than twenty years. Arranged chronologically, it approaches Burchfield’s work with a new perspective facilitated in part by the curatorial sensibilities of Robert Gober. Working with Hammer coordinating curator Cynthia Burlingham, Gober has augmented a large selection of watercolors with the inclusion of extensive biographical material that continually infuses Burchfield’s own thoughts about his work and artistic practice. An obsessive collector, organizer, and archivist, Burchfield left a treasure trove of well-maintained sketches, notebooks, journals, and doodles spanning his entire career. This material is now part of the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, which houses more than twenty five thousand objects by this visionary American artist. The exhibition will travel to the Whitney Museum of America Art in New York and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.”  Some of the paintings from this show:

 

 

 

 

 

You can see a tiny corner of the back petal of his Eames DCM in this shot.

 

 

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