Clyfford Still Museum Opens In Denver

Clyfford Still,  Untitled , 1960, Oil on Canvas

Clyfford Still, Untitled, 1960, Oil on Canvas

Clyfford Still was a giant of Abstract Expressionism in the years following World War II and remains one of the most important figures in the history of 20th Century art. He is best known for his dense, craggy color field paintings marked by gestures that resemble rips in the surface or voids leading to some other dimension of the work. The artist died in 1980 with a will that stipulated his estate be given in its entirety to a city that would build a museum dedicated solely to his work. In 2004, Denver was selected by Still’s wife Patricia, and the Clyfford Still Museum opened today with a collection of approximately 2,400 works created between 1920 and 1980. This is a historic moment, as much of the artist’s work has been hidden from public view for over 30 years.

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Meredith Hudson