The Clyfford Still Museum, adjacent to the Denver Art Museum, houses approximately 95 percent of the artist’s total output, one of the largest intact bodies of work of a major artist available in one location. In addition to the artworks, the museum is also home to the artist’s archives of letters, sketchbooks, manuscripts, photo albums, and personal effects.
Still was part of the first wave of Abstract Expressionist artists creating a powerful new approach to painting following World War II. The approximately 3,125 of his works, created between 1920 and 1980, are housed in a museum designed specifically to immerse the viewer in the art as the artist would have expected. Filled with natural light, galleries are designed to showcase the works in a relatively intimate setting.
Whether you go or not, the vividly illustrated book, Clyfford Still: The Artist's Museum, presents more than one hundred of Still’s greatest works and is the first comprehensive catalogue of the new Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. The book offers intimate reflections written by his daughters Sandra Still Campbell and Diane Still Knox; Dean Sobel chronicles the origins of the new museum; and David Anfam, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Still’s work, gives a new scholarly and critical perspective of Still, made possible by the opening of the museum. Illustrations include monumental paintings, works on paper, and Still’s only sculptures, many of which have never been published or publicly exhibited.
The first significant publication on Clyfford Still and his work in more than twenty-five years celebrates one of abstract expressionism’s founders. Best known for his compelling abstract works with jagged fields and powerful expanses of color, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) stands among the giants of post–World War II art. Together with Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, and Barnett Newman, Still helped shape abstract expressionism.