If you want to get ahead of a major artistic rediscovery in 2010, travel up to Columbus Museum of Art before Aug. 2 to see The Architecture of Painting: Charles Burchfield. It includes watercolors the Ohio-born artist made between 1918-1920 in his home state, after returning from World War I and before moving to Buffalo.
A friend and contemporary of Edward Hopper, Burchfield excelled at wintry, lonely urban landscapes that often included anthropomorphic-looking homes and the ghostly, haunting presence of industry (smokestacks) in the horizon.
At the Columbus Museum, the excellent show is overpowered by a bigger retrospective for the borderline-kitsch figurative painter George Tooker. But Burchfield, who in his day was the first painter to get a one-person show at New York's Museum of Modern Art, will do better next year when the Whitney Museum and L.A.'s Hammer Museum share an overdue major retrospective of his work.
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