Clyfford Still Museum in Denver

Over at Art and Perception I found this post about the abstract expressionist artist Clyfford Still. It points to an article in the New York Times about the life of the elusive artist and a museum in Denver that will be dedicated to the work of Still.

Clyfford Still did what most artists have wanted to do at some stage in their career, when he left behind the gallery scene and the art world, and just painted. He only sold or gave away about 150 works during his lifetime, but that’s not because he didn’t paint much. In a warehouse in a “nondescript suburb” experts are sifting through 2,393 works by the artist. The works are said to be worth more than $1 billion if they were ever sold.

clyfford still museum planned

“The works in question make up the entire estate of this artist. He left behind a one-page will, nearly 95 percent of the work he ever made and a widow determined to follow his final testament to the letter. The demands were these: His estate could be bequeathed only to an American city, one that would build a museum to serve as a temple to his art and to nothing else. No works could ever be sold. No other artist could ever show a single piece alongside his. All Clyfford Still, all the time.” NY Times

Correction: I had previously said that David Anfam is the director of the Clyfford Still Museum, but the director is actually Dean Sobel. David Anfam is a British art historian that specializes in the work of Clyfford Still. There’s more information on the planned Still museum at the official website here.
Thanks for pointing that out Fred.
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  1. What an honor to have your works mean something to others when you have gone away. The works artists leave behind, keep their memory alive. :) HOW WONDERFUL!

  2. I have seen some of his work in the Met but didn’t know much about him. He certainly had a vision about his work!

  3. nice blog

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