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  • Burchfield-Penney Art CenterBurchfield-Penney Art Center Buffalo, New York
    The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is situated on the Buffalo State College's campus and started in 1966; with a nucleus of 100 works by Charles Burchfield and a large collection of woodcut prints from city native, J. J. Lankes, along with other artists. In November of 2008, it moved into new digs located on 4.9 acres with a 31 hours non-stop grand opening extravaganza. This new structure of 84,000 square feet was designed by world famous architects Gwathmey Siegel and Associates. Besides the beautiful visual arts exhibited, there are many lectures, literary readings, special events, workshops, concerts and symposia that allows collectors, scholars, artists, students and the public at large to enjoy, learn and exchange ideas about how the art of western New York reflects the genre of American aesthetics and culture. Charles Burchfield was the inspiration behind the formation of this marvelous institution, and it was called the Charles Burchfield Center prior to the new name, which was formally made by the state college foundation. In 1983, the museum changed its name to the Burchfield Art Center so that its multi-focused artworks could be more open. Between 1991 and 1994, the center would acquire a number of wonderful gifts, including the biggest private collection of works by Burchfield; historical and contemporary works of crafts and fine art, as well as publications and hand made domestic relics from the Roycroft community. Edward Hopper, friend and colleague of the late Burchfield, stated that his work is founded on life, and not art, since that is what he loved and knew best. Charles Ephraim Burchfield, was a magnificent watercolorist, and one of the country's best original artists. He is well known for his romantic and unusual depictions of nature, creating a special style of watercolor painting that showcases his distinct influence by American subjects and his fantastic love for nature. He was born on April 9, 1893, in Ashtabula, Ohio, and when his father passed on five years later, the family moved to Salem Ohio, where he would graduate high school as class valedictorian in 1911. He then went to the Cleveland School of Art, studying with the likes of William J. Eastman, Henry G. Keller and Frank N. Wilcox. In 1921, he moved to Buffalo, going to work for M. H. Birge & Sons Company, one of the best wallpaper companies in the nation, and married Bertha Kenrich in 1922. Together, they would raise five children, with Burchfield's style evolving around the city's life on the streets, in the harbor and railroad yards, as well as gaining a more realistic style which would last for many years. The Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries in New York, started representing him in 1929, and he was able to stop working as a designer for Birge and paint full time. It is this period that developed his works that showed his optimism and love of American lifestyles. During the 1940s, he would return to his former love of fantasy scenes that he would occasionally enlarge into his transcendental landscapes. He once said that an artist must paint not what he sees in nature, but what there is. The artist must invent symbols to do this, so that when properly done, his work is more real than the nature itself. It was with this attitude that he created some of his most mystical art.  The new art center is home to 7500 artworks that has been created by over 600 artists, spanning the 19th century to the present, with the biggest collection of Burchfield works, and his journals and diaries. Also in the collection, there are works by Cindy Sherman, Elbert Hubbard, Wendle Castle, Gustav Stickley, Bruce Kurland, Edwin Dickinson, Robert Mangold, Susan Rothenberg, Les Krims, Robert Longo, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alberto Rey, Paul Sharits and Al Paley.

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin HouseFrank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Buffalo, New York
    The Darwin D. Martin House complex is also called the Darwin Martin House State Historic Site, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed between 1903 and 1905, located in Buffalo, New York. It is felt to be one of the most important designs of his Prairie School period, and is ranked as one of his best works east of the Prairie, along with the Fallingwater in Pennsylvania and the Guggenheim in New York City. The house was the property of Darwin D. Martin and his wife Isabelle, while Martin and his brother William E. were co-owners of the E-Z stove polish company of Chicago. In 1902, William commissioned Wright to build his home in Oak Park, which became known as the William E. Martin House of 1903. Martin saw his brother's house and was so impressed with it that he went to visit Wright's Studio and talked him into going to his land in Buffalo and looking it over, since he planned on putting up two houses on it. Martin was also the reason that Wright became the architect for the Larkin Administration Building in downtown Buffalo, which became Frank's first big commercial project, and that was in 1904. Martin was the secretary of the Larkin Soap Company and eventually designed houses for other company employees like Walter V. Davidson and William R. Heath. He went on to design the E-Z Stove Polish Company's factory in 1905. Wright would go to Buffalo and design a complex of integrated buildings, connected, with a main building, the Martin House, a big pergola that connected with the conservatory, a carriage house-stable, and small home, called the Barton House, that shares the site and was home to George F. Barton and his wife, Delta, Martin's sister. This complex had a gardener's cottage, which would be the last one finished. Martin was not happy with the small conservatory, so had a 60 foot long greenhouse built between the gardener's cottage and the carriage house, so that flowers and plants could be used in the house and grounds.

January 11, 2011