The Clyfford Still Museum is an art museum in Denver, CO area, dedicated to the work of Clyfford Still. Abstract expressionist Clyfford Still (1904-1980) left behind a legacy of 3,125 pieces in the Museum’s collection, accounting for 93 percent of the artist’s total output and containing his complete archives.
Two outdoor terraces, archive exhibits, and an outside forecourt green space are all part of the 28,500-square-foot facility, which opened in 2011 and contains an art studio, art galleries, visible painting storage facilities, and a conservation lab, among other amenities.
At the time of Clyfford Still’s death in 1980, he stipulated in his will that his whole collection should be given away to an American city that was willing to construct a permanent museum solely dedicated to the preservation and display of his work. Around 20 locations in the United States vied for the opportunity to host the Still collection.
Following a visit to Still’s home by then-Mayor John Hickenlooper in August 2004, Patricia Still chose Denver as the recipient of the collection, which was approved by the will’s provisions the following month.
In total, the Clyfford Still Estate held approximately 825 paintings on (canvas) and 1,575 works (on paper) — sketches and limited-edition fine-art prints – which were all created by Still himself.
As part of Denver’s Civic Center Cultural Complex, the newly created Clyfford Still Museum purchased a block of property immediately west of the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building, which was under construction at the time and designed by Daniel Libeskind. After much deliberation, the board decided on Allied Works Architecture, which was led by Brad Cloepfil, to design the Museum.
The Museum started ground on its new location in December 2009, and it officially opened its doors to the public on November 18, 2011, as a museum dedicated to a single artist.
The Museum’s Online Collection and Research database was released in 2017. The Clyfford Still Online Collection contains high-resolution reproductions of more than 2,500 works of art, including paintings and works on paper, by the American artist Clyfford Still
Patricia Still died in 2005, and the Museum now houses the complete Clyfford Still Archives (CSA), which includes journals, correspondence, notebooks, sketchbooks, notebooks, the photo albums, artist’s library, personal effects, and other archival materials. The CSA was inherited by the Museum from Patricia Still.Many Abstract Expressionist artists, critics, dealers, museum officials, and collectors from the 1960s and 1970s, including Rothko, Jackson Pollock, peggy, Clement Greenberg, and were still in contact with him in the 1990s. The archives are open to the public and house a huge research database that is constantly being updated.
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