Robert Booth b. 1952, Greenscape, 1982; birch and mixed media, 40 1/2 x 21 x 21 inches; The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
The Art of the Chair: Western New York Furniture Design
On View Saturday, June 3–Sunday, August 27, 2000
Coinciding with The Art of the Chair, this exhibition of works from the collection incorporated images of chairs on either a primary or secondary level. Works such as Virginia Cuthbert’s The Birthday Party, portray the act of sitting, often associated with leisure and relaxation. Endi Poskovic depicts thrones as metaphors for political and religious power. Charles Burchfield conveys the nostalgic character of a room in his watercolor of his wife, Bertha on the Davenport. Robert Booth humorously duplicates and animates an archetypal chair form in his sculpture, Greenscape. These and other works were presented for comparison with the historic and contemporary designs exhibited in adjacent galleries.