'Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield,' UCLA Hammer Museum

The first solo exhibition organized after the Museum of Modern Art opened in Manhattan 80 years ago went not to a European giant like Matisse or Picasso, but to a 37-year-old American working in a suburb of Buffalo, N.Y. Charles Burchfield made his living there designing wallpaper -- which may be one reason his work appeals to Robert Gober, the marvelous contemporary artist whose own varied output has included wallpaper and who has co-organized (with the Hammer's Cynthia Burlingame) this eagerly anticipated survey. Among the drawings, watercolors and voluminous journal entries will be a room of 27 works from the MoMA show, together with Burchfield's correspondence with the museum's director, Alfred Barr. Opens Nov. 4
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( UCLA Hammer Museum / Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of A. Conger Goodyear )

The first solo exhibition organized after the Museum of Modern Art opened in Manhattan 80 years ago went not to a European giant like Matisse or Picasso, but to a 37-year-old American working in a suburb of Buffalo, N.Y. Charles Burchfield made his living there designing wallpaper -- which may be one reason his work appeals to Robert Gober, the marvelous contemporary artist whose own varied output has included wallpaper and who has co-organized (with the Hammer's Cynthia Burlingame) this eagerly anticipated survey. Among the drawings, watercolors and voluminous journal entries will be a room of 27 works from the MoMA show, together with Burchfield's correspondence with the museum's director, Alfred Barr. Opens Nov. 4

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