Heat Waves in a Swamp

Heat Waves in a Swamp

The Paintings of Charles Burchfield

By Cynthia Burlingham (Editor); Robert Gober (Editor); Dave Hickey (Contribution by)

Prestel Publishing, Hardcover, 9783791343808, 182pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

Working almost exclusively in watercolour, Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) focused on his immediate surroundings-his garden, the views from his windows, snow turning to slush, sudden atmospheric changes, or the forest at dusk. He often imbued these subjects with highly expressionistic light, creating at times a clear-eyed description of the world and at other times, a unique mystical and visionary experience of nature. The book includes drawings from his 1917 sketchbook, Conventions for Abstract ThoughtsA"; watercolors from 1916-18 that were the focus of the first one-person exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Germany, in 1930; camouflage designs from his tour in the army and wallpaper designs from the 1920s; watercolors from the 1940s showing the artist's unique technique of expanding and reworking earlier works by pasting large strips of paper around them to dramatically increase their size; and finally Burchfield's large, transcendental watercolours from the 1950s and 1960s.

About the Author
Cynthia Burlingham has been director of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts since 2004 and deputy director of collections at the Hammer Museum since 1999. Her research focuses primarily on the history of European prints from the sixteenth through the twentieth century, with additional focus on the development of visual culture and printed books. Recent publications include "The French Renaissance in Prints" (1995); "Picturing Childhood: Illustrated Children's Books from University of California Collections" (1997); "The World from Here: Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles" (2001); "The Eunice and Hal David Collections of Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century Works on Paper" (2004), and "Masters of American Comics" (2006). Victoria Steele" heads the Department of Special Collections in the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA, where she created and also serves as director of the Center for Primary Research and Training. Coauthor of an award-winning book on library development and a former Fulbright Fellow to the United Kingdom, she holds a doctorate in art history and writes about both special collections and art topics. Marc Treib is professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley; a practicing designer; and a frequent contributor to architecture, landscape, and design journals.He has held Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Japan Foundation fellowships, as well as an advanced design fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Recent publications include "Noguchi in Paris: The Unesco Garden" (2003); "Thomas Church, Landscape Architect: Designing a Modern California Landscape" (2004); "The Donnell and Eckbo Gardens: Modern California Masterworks" (2005); and "Settings and Stray Paths: Writings on Landscape Architecture"

Robert Gober was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, in 1954 and moved to New York in 1976. In 1983 he abandoned painting and turned his attention to sculpture. Since 1979 he has had numerous exhibitions, both in the United States and abroad. He represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2001, and his work has been the subject of one-person museum exhibitions at such institutions as the Dia Center for the Arts, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Hickey os associate professor of art criticism and theory and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.