Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still’s stylistic approach to Abstract Expressionist painting consists of jagged, thickly impastoed, brushwork executed in predominantly primary colors. The artist was born in Grandin, North Dakota, in 1904, and attended the Art Students League, NY, Spokane University, Washington, and Washington State College, Spokane. He moved to New York in the 1950s, where he was eventually exhibited at Betty Parsons’s gallery. By 1961, however, the artist became fed up with the commercial art world and moved to Maryland where he lived until his death in 1980. The artist’s work may be found in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., the Philips Collection, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Tate Modern, London. During his lifetime, Still had large-scale solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Per the artist’s wishes, the bulk of his oeuvre was not publicly exhibited until a museum dedicated to his work, the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado, opened its doors in 2011.

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