Clyfford Still  (American, 1904-1980) 

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Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980) was a painter associated with Abstract Expressionism and is best known for his Color Field paintings that resemble jagged, flame-like shapes. Born in Grandin, North Dakota, he studied at Spokane University in Washington, and earned his MFA from Washington State College. After experimenting with agrarian scenes and Surrealism, Still began working in abstraction. He developed a signature technique of applying thick layers of paint onto the canvas using a palette knife, and creating jagged areas of dark tones against lighter areas of yellows, oranges, and dark reds. His work was inspired by the harsh landscape of Canadian prairies, where he spent his early childhood. In 1944, Still moved to New York and began exhibiting alongside emerging Abstract painters such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Barnett Newman. From this period onward, Still’s titles are composed of dates and numbers, as in his 1944–N No.2. His later work often includes areas of bare canvas and horizontal compositions. Still eventually withdrew from the New York art scene, and began to restrict the lending and exhibition of his paintings. The majority of his work is currently held by the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado.

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1960-F, 1960
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PH-1, 1953
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1904   Born November 30, in Grandin, North Dakota
1926 - 1927   Studied at Spokane University, Washington
1931 - 1933   Studied at Spokane University, Washington
1935   Spent the summer at the Trask Foundation (now Yaddo), Saratoga Springs, NY
1936   Spent the summer at the Trask Foundation (now Yaddo), Saratoga Springs, NY
1933 - 1941   Taught at Washington State College, Pullman, WA
1945   Moved to New York, NY
1946   Moved to San Francisco, CA
1950   Taught at the California School of Fine Arts, San Fransisco, CA
1961   Moved to Westminster, MD
1980   Died in Baltimore, MD
 
Awards and Honors
  Award of Merit for Painting, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1972
  Skowhegan Medal for Painting
  Became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1978
2009   1945-1949 Repartir à zéro, comme si la peinture n’avait jamais existé," Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon
2008   Clyfford Still Unveiled, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (solo)
Color as Field: American Painting 1950-1975, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976: The Jewish Museum of New York, New York City, NY
Color as Field: American Painting, 1950–1975 - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
2007   Color as Field: American Painting, 1950–1975 - Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Modern American Masters: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CA
2006   Line and Surface: Works on Paper, Peter Blum Gallery - Soho, New York City, NY
2005   Clyfford Still Museum opens in Denver, Colorado
Clyfford Still: Paintings from the Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (solo)
2004   Das MoMA in Berlin. Meisterwerke aus dem Museum of Modern Art, New York, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
2003   The Heroic Century: The Museum of Modern Art Masterpieces, 200 Paintings & Sculpures, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
In Pursuit of the Absolute, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
2001   Clyfford Still: Paintings 1944-1960, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (solo)
2000   Clyfford Still: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (solo)
1998   The New York School, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
1994   Newman, Rothko, Still: Search for the Sublime, L&M Arts, New York, NY
1993   Azur, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
1992   Kunsthalle, Basel (retrospective) (solo)
1990   Clyfford Still, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1980   Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (retrospective) (solo)
1959   Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (retrospective) (solo)
documenta 2, Documenta, Kassel
1951   Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1950   Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1947   Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Fransisco, CA (solo)
1946   Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1943   San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA (first solo exhibition)