clyfford still

The only reason I’m writing about Clyfford Still is so that I can post these pictures of his art on my site:

Clifford Still 008


Clifford Still 010

Pretty great, huh?

I just returned from visiting the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver.

Here’s the deal: Clyfford was born in North Dakota and lived there for about a year but spent his childhood in Spokane, Washington and Bow Island in southern Alberta, Canada.  But for the rest of his life he was referred to as a North Dakotan, as in, “the reclusive North Dakota artist” even though he lived in a variety of places. The lesson: be careful about where you decide to be born.

Anyway, Clyfford was one of the foremost creators of Abstract Expressionism. For a while he taught in San Francisco, Washington, Virginia. At one point, he threw a fit and refused to participate in the art world. The CSM has a nice biography about Clyfford Still if you want more details.

But here’s the best part. You know you’ve arrived when your widow offers your nearly entire prolific output to any U.S. city that would give it a home and several cities vie for that right.

Well, Denver won and rose to the occasion. And the result is amazing. Go stare at the beautiful building they created to showcase his art. Wander its corridors and imagine what it would be like to live or work there. Stare wide-souled at Clyfford’s masterpieces. Resist the urge to lick the paintings.

Alas, there are no picture book biographies about Clyfford Still, but there is a dazzling puzzle based on his work that I would someday like to call my very own. However, if you would like to read a picture book biography about another abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock, check out “Action Jackson” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.

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