Charles Burchfield gets a late debut in Los Angeles
If you guessed any big-name artist from Europe, you'd be wrong. But you certainly could be forgiven. MOMA's long-established (and much-maligned) time line for significant Modern art can be overly simplified like this: Europe before World War II, the United States after.
Yet in 1930, MOMA director Alfred Barr chose a Buffalo, N.Y.-based painter as the subject of the then-new museum's first one-man show. Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) isn't as well-known today as he was then, but expect a new exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum, organized by artist Robert Gober, to bring his work back into sharp focus. I'll have a review of the eagerly anticipated show in Sunday's paper.
Oh, and did I mention surprise factoid #2? According to the museum, this is the first major survey of Burchfield's art ever in Los Angeles.
-- Christopher Knight
Photo: Charles Burchfield, "Glory of Spring (Radiant Spring)," 1950. Credit: UCLA Hammer Museum