07 March 2012

Clyfford Still Museum

Although not as well known as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, or Robert Motherwell, Clyfford Still was part of the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, all of whom employed expressive brush work upon canvases that were large in scale, more often than not meant to convey the grand human narratives of life and death etc.

Still died in 1980 and, subsequently, over 2,400 of his works (approximately 94% of his output as a professional artist) were kept from public viewing until, in accordance with his will, a permanent home for them was built to house them exclusively.

Denver, CO won the bid and the two-story, 28,500 square foot museum officially opened in November of 2011. It is located next to the Denver Art Museum.

Below is an image of the Still paintings PH-4, 1952 and PH-1060, 1954:



  1. There was an article on Still and this museum in the NY Times a couple of months back--if you're interested let me know and I'll send it to you. JA