“Still Life” Blog – Clyfford Still Museum

Nicole Cromartie with PH-960.

Staff Favorites: Nicole Cromartie

Posted on May 17, 2019

by Kristin Feldkamp, Editorial Assistant

We’re taking you behind the scenes again and introducing yet another painting as seen through the eyes of those who spend serious quality time with Clyfford Still’s works—our staff. The newest edition of Staff Favorites


This black and white postcard depicts an aerial view of the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California. Clyfford Still taught at CSFA (now the San Francisco Art Institute) from 1946-1950. Located in the Russian Hill neighborhood, the institution's Spanish-style bell tower ascends above the surrounding residences and warehouses. Factories and ships line the coast in the background. Courtesy the Clyfford Still Archives.

Clyfford Still & Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts

Posted on April 23, 2019

By Jennifer Davey, CSM Volunteer

In 1945, the California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute) hired Douglas MacAgy and gave him free rein to revise curriculum and hire faculty as he saw fit in a push


David Finch above the galleries at the Museum

Staff Favorites: David Finch

Posted on March 27, 2019

by Kristin Kirsch Feldkamp, Editorial Assistant

We’re taking you behind the scenes again in our second installment of Staff Favorites, highlighting Clyfford Still’s works through the eyes of those who spend the most time with them. Next up is


Bailey Harberg Placzek leads a member tour in December, 2017. Photo: James Dewhirst

Staff Favorites: Bailey Harberg Placzek

Posted on January 25, 2019

In 2019, we’re taking you behind the scenes with staff interviews about their favorite artwork in the Museum’s collection. Our first interview features Bailey Harberg Placzek and her work of choice: PH-963. Placzek, associate curator and catalogue raisonné research


Photo by Peter Ogilvie

2018’s Greatest Hits

Posted on December 27, 2018

By Dean Sobel, Director

As we say goodbye to our (lucky) seventh year, we look back fondly on a few of the things that made it stand out.

Yo-Yo Ma visits the Museum
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma once described the essence


Image: 35mm slide photograph (1959) of Clyfford and Diane Still gathered around a Christmas tree in the studio at 128 West 23rd Street, New York City where they lived. Unknown photographer, courtesy the Clyfford Still Archives, © City and County of Denver.

A Daughter’s Voice: Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2018

by Kristin Kirsch Feldkamp, Editorial Assistant

In addition to having the great fortune of onsite access to the Clyfford Still Archives, the Clyfford Still Museum is lucky to have Still’s younger daughter, Sandra Still Campbell, as one of its


The Well Story

Posted on October 31, 2018

by Kristin Kirsch Feldkamp, Editorial Assistant

“Well, it’s been told over and over again, but it seems that the writers and the people who tell it never get it quite right,” Sandra Still Campbell, Still’s younger daughter, said, in a


Portrait of Clyfford Still posing with a Jaguar convertible in East Hampton, New York (1953). Unknown photographer, courtesy the Clyfford Still Archives.

Banksy Pulled a Still

Posted on October 18, 2018

By Bailey Harberg Placzek, Associate Curator & Catalogue Raisonné Research and Project Manager

The now infamous Sotheby’s shredding stunt Banksy  pulled a couple weeks ago may go down as the greatest “thumbing of the nose” statement made to the art


New Americans Day, September 8, 2018. Photo: Sonia Rae

Celebrating Welcoming Week in Denver

Posted on September 20, 2018

by Kristin Kirsch Feldkamp, Editorial Assistant

The galleries and forecourt were abuzz on September 8 as the Museum welcomed guests for our second New Americans Day, a collaboration with the Denver Public Library. The Clyfford Still Museum participates in New


Clyfford Still, PH-644, 1934. Oil on window shade, 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches (22.2 x 29.2 cm). Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. © City and County of Denver/ ARS, NY.

Three Keys to Clyfford Still’s Time at Yaddo

Posted on June 28, 2018

by Kristin Kirsch Feldkamp, Editorial Assistant

In the summer of 1934, Clyfford Still embarked on a transcontinental journey from Pullman, Washington to Saratoga Springs, New York. He was headed to Yaddo—a prestigious artist’s retreat—and the time he spent there …

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