Guest Critic Reviews

Review: Burchfield exhibition showcases  nature, both real and imagined

Review: Burchfield exhibition showcases nature, both real and imagined

Charles Burchfield (1893–1967) would count among the most intriguing and difficult-to-categorize of American artists. In his early years in Ohio, he produced works truly radical for their time: fantastical, stylized landscapes that strove to capture every sensation of nature, from the beating of sunlight to the buzzing of insects. Moving to Buffalo in his late 20s, he turned to a more conservative, realistic style, eventually gaining acclaim as a leading American Scene painter.

Review: Dunleavy shines as Chautauqua’s ‘Butterfly’

Review: Dunleavy shines as Chautauqua’s ‘Butterfly’

Mary Dunleavy, who was the Butterfly Saturday evening, carried the full Amphitheater audience through a launch of anticipation and joy and then shivered down the other side into a gut-wrenching despair and suicide. Not many functions in life have such range, delivered within just a few minutes, but this virtuoso soprano was mother, maenad, lover, child and sage, and it wasn’t only with the well-made words she used, for this was performance — chilling performance.