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A golden yellow field rises from the bottom edge and ends a little more than halfway up the canvas in a jagged, uneven line running from left edge over to the right edge. A heavy black field rests above the yellow field and runs from the top edge down to the jagged line dividing the two fields of color. Several areas of unpainted canvas have been left along this line. A small area along the top center edge has also been left unpainted, and an irregular cobalt blue form dangles from this area down into the black field at top center. Bright yellow vertical streaks shoot like a jolt through the golden yellow field from the bottom edge up to the jagged dividing line.
Clyfford Still, PH-950, 1950 (detail). Oil on canvas, 91 1/4 x 68 1/4 in. Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

Curatorial Talk: Valerie Hellstein

Thu, Jun 06, 2024 06:00 - 07:30 PM MDT

Venue : Clyfford Still Museum

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*Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have rescheduled this program from May 16 to June 6.

Galleries open 6-6:30 p.m.
Talk in the lobby 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The downtown art scene in New York City in the late 1940s and early 1950s was a tight-knit community. While Clyfford Still embraced individuality above all, he was not a solitary, lone individual painting for his own sake and was an active participant in this community. The exhibition Dialogue and Defiance: Clyfford Still and the Abstract Expressionists explores this community of artists and Still’s place within it and hopes to dispel the myth of the artist as an isolated genius. Guest curator and art historian Valerie Hellstein will take us into the world of the Abstract Expressionists to see how we might rethink this community.

This program is $5 for the public, free for CSM members, and registration is required and space is limited.


About Valerie Hellstein

A woman wearing a green shirt and blue jacket smiles and stands in front of an abstract light blue gray painting on a concrete wall
Valerie Hellstein, photo by Fireside Production

Valerie Hellstein is a scholar of Abstract Expressionism, and is writing a book on Abstract Expressionism and “The Club,” a New York City loft where artists, intellectuals, critics, poets, and musicians gathered to present ideas, debate, listen, and share their work. Hellstein has written essays and articles and given talks on various aspects of Abstract Expressionism for over fifteen years. She has a PhD in art history from Stony Brook University, and for a decade she taught modern and contemporary art to college students and adult learners. She also worked for a time as a researcher at the Willem de Kooning Foundation in New York. Before becoming the managing editor at the Denver Art Museum, she taught courses at the University of Denver and CSU and led weekly tours at the Clyfford Still Museum.