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Colorful abstract paintings hanging on racks in storage
Clyfford Still artworks in painting storage

The Secret Lives of Clyfford Still’s Paintings

Thu, Feb 24, 2022 06:30 - 07:30 PM MST


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An artwork begins its life from the time the artist puts down their brush—or in this case—palette knife. Bailey Placzek, CSM’s associate curator and catalogue raisonné research and project manager, has been engaged in the inventory and documentation of every work in CSM’s art collection since before the Museum’s opening in 2011. On a mission to understand Still’s artistic process and gain a complete picture of the artist’s contributions, Placzek has pieced together objects’ complex histories through provenance research, historic installation photos, archival correspondence, and cryptic inscriptions found on the backs of paintings. Placzek will recount the most compelling backstories of some of the artworks on display in A Decade of Discovery and reveal what mysteries remain….

This talk will take place in person in the lobby at the Clyfford Still Museum. The doors and galleries will open at 6 p.m. and the talk will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, and space is limited. Please tune in to the live stream on CSM’s YouTube channel if you cannot join in person.


About Bailey Placzek

Bailey Placzek is CSM’s associate curator and the research and project manager for Clyfford Still’s catalogue raisonné. Placzek has dedicated the last decade to sharing Clyfford Still’s art with the world. Curatorial projects include A Decade of Discovery: Clyfford Still in Denver (2021–22), Stories We Tell: The Collection Two Ways (2021), Still: Elemental (2019), and Up/Down: Exploring Orientation in Abstraction (2015). Placzek’s work at CSM links her objective to advance access to collections, promote art’s ability to foster human connections across time, and deconstruct curatorial practice to make museum work more transparent, collaborative, and fun. Placzek received dual BA degrees in Art History and Painting from the University of Kansas, and a MA in Art History from the University of Denver, where she specialized in twentieth-century modern art.

Woman wearing a blue sweater with triangles on it stands in front of abstract paintings in storage
Bailey Placzek

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