The Clyfford Still Museum opens in Denver tomorrow.
The Abstract Expressionist painter who retained most of his work out of a loathing for the art establishment is finally getting what he wanted in life: a museum showing only his art – 95% of his life’s work.
There’s no doubt that Still’s ego was ginormous.
But there has been debate since Still’s death in 1980 over the part of his will that left his paintings to any city (city – not museum!) that would build a museum for them. The strict guidelines made it impossible for most cities to consider such an undertaking.
The winning city turned out to be Denver – a city he had no strong connection with. Read more.
Thirty-one years after Still’s death, many works that have never before been seen will make their debut in the Clyfford Still Museum.
You can choose which deep thought to respond to:
What if every artist had his or her own museum? How do we choose which artists get their own museums?
What role does ego play in an artist’s success?
Is it worth leaving a legacy like this if you don’t enjoy success during your life because you’ve kept all of your works to yourself?