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Burchfield’s breakthroughs

A wide-ranging survey looks at pivotal moments in the artist’s career


Images courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Museum


Genus Loci: Burchfield’s Spirits of Place

Through March 31

Burchfield Penney Art Center

burchfieldpenney.org, 878-6011


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Throughout 2018, the Burchfield Penney celebrated ten years in its gracious new facility on Elmwood Avenue, which includes the largest exhibition gallery in Western New York, as well as three adjacent spaces that accommodate changing exhibitions of the work of the museum’s namesake artist, Charles Ephraim Burchfield. Now on view is a wide-ranging survey of some of Burchfield’s most exciting work. Titled Genus Loci: Burchfield’s Spirits of Place, the show includes work from crucial turning points of the artist’s career between 1921 and 1943, which is when, according to curator Nancy Weekly, he transformed himself from a wallpaper designer to one of the most famous artists in the country. 


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