Member Exhibition Preview and Opening Lecture Mastering His Craft: Clyfford Still’s Origins As a Painter – Clyfford Still Museum

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Visitors at the CSM 2015 Fall Keynote. Photo by James Dewhirst

Visitors at the CSM 2015 Fall Keynote. Photo by James Dewhirst

Member Exhibition Preview and Opening Lecture Mastering His Craft: Clyfford Still’s Origins As a Painter

Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 6–7:30 pm
Venue: Clyfford Still Museum
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Dive deep into our newest exhibition, The Early Years: Clyfford Still in Canada, 1920–33, with curator Patricia Failing, professor emerita, division of art history, University of Washington–Seattle.

In the third and final installment in an exhibition series featuring Still’s earliest works, Professor Failing illustrates the early development and legacy of Still’s artistic practices in two distinctive geographical settings: Bow Island (1920–25) and Killam, Alberta (1925–33). Despite environmental contrasts of the two locations and the relative sophistication of Still’s work of the later 1920s, both his Bow Island and Killam images convey his youthful experience in a familiar and comfortable environment, and stand apart from Still’s later preoccupation with the uncanny and sublime.

Failing points out that, with additional artistic training, Still’s work broadened and became more sophisticated as he moved through the 1920s. Still tried different ways of applying pigment, varied textures, and developed more adventuresome paint handling techniques. This presentation will review the foundations of Still’s work as an artist, including his early technical training and studio methodologies, and his sources of inspiration.

Clyfford Still Museum
Free for members and their guests
6–6:30 p.m. Exhibition preview | 6:30–7:30 p.m. Lecture

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Complimentary beverages and light hors d’oeuvres

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Drawing of a landscape in pastel by Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still, PP-482, 1923. Pastel on paper, 7 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (19.8 x 30.0 cm). Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

Oil painting on paper by Clyfford Still of a farm scene

Clyfford Still, PH-656, 1928. Oil on paper. 14 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches (37.6 x 45.2 cm). Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

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