Highlights from the Collection – Clyfford Still Museum


A man gestures toward an abstract wood sculpture with a woman next to him and paintings in the background

Photo by Justin Wambold

Highlights from the Collection

Jan 26–Sep 9, 2018

Special exhibitions at the Museum this year are surrounded by a new display of the permanent collection installed throughout all of the Lanny and Sharon Martin Galleries. This presentation features approximately 50 paintings and 30 works on paper by Still spanning the artist’s 60-year career. The mostly chronological narrative begins in the 1920s with traditional landscape subjects and Depression-era figure studies that transform into quasi-abstractions. These culminate with Still’s groundbreaking wartime abstractions and monumental late paintings that show the artist at the height of his powers. There are more than 25 works in the installation that have never been exhibited previously, including a number of early anatomical sketches discovered in the Clyfford Still Archives.

PH-80, 1935

Clyfford Still, PH-80, 1935. Oil on canvas, 48.25 x 59.87 in. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

PH-1074, 1956

Clyfford Still, PH-1074, 1956. Oil on canvas, 117 x 108 in. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

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