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Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield

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An April Mood, 1946–55 Watercolor And Charcoal On Joined Paper 40 × 54 In. (101.6 × 137.2 Cm) © Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art
Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield
Curated by: Robert Gober

99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
June 24th, 2010 - October 17th, 2010

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Although he lived next door to Niagara Falls, artist Charles Burchfield (1893–1967) chose to focus his nature-based art on the ground beneath his feet. Curated by artist Robert Gober, this exhibition features over one hundred major watercolors, drawings, oils on canvas, sketches, notebooks, journals, and doodles by this visionary American artist. Acclaimed by critics and known to a broad public audience during his lifetime, Burchfield is curiously under-appreciated today. Working almost exclusively in watercolor, Burchfield’s primary subject was landscape, often focusing on his immediate surroundings: his garden, the views from his windows, snow turning to slush, the sounds of insects and bells and vibrating telephone lines, deep ravines, sudden atmospheric changes, the experience of entering a forest at dusk, to name but a few. He often imbued these subjects with highly expressionistic light, creating at times a clear-eyed depiction of the world and, at other times, a unique mystical and visionary experience of nature.