Friday, January 2, 2009

Clyfford Still Museum

This from the January 2009 issue of Art News -- Clyfford Still, born in the US of Canadian parents, proclaimed himself to be self-created and self-taught. He was described during his lifetime as "one of the strongest and original contributors to the rebirth of modern art in America." Still died in 1980 at the age of 75. He had kept almost all of his work (825 oil paintings or about 95% of his lifetime output) which after his death remained unseen in storage until recently. Now the paintings, along with some 1,500 works on paper, are to be housed in Denver in accordance with Still's final wish to bequeath his works to an American city willing to provide permanent headquarters exclusively for their exhibition and study. What more could an artist hope for than to have an entire life's work preserved for perpetuity in its own museum?

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