Clyfford Still Museum Opening Set for November


Still Got It: A rendering of the Clyfford Still Museum, designed by Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture.

Who do we love? Clyfford Still! When do we love him? Every day, of course, but our obsession affection will surely reach a new high on November 18, when the Denver museum devoted to the late artist opens its doors (you may recall our excitement over the December 2009 groundbreaking). Of course, before one arrives at the entrance of the cantilevered two-story concrete building, designed by Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture, there’s the grove of trees and landscaped forecourt to delight in. “The sequence from city, to park, to building creates a ceremony of repose that prepares the visitor for a personal and very physical relationship with this incredibly important body of drawings and paintings—whose power and presence are revealed in natural light for the first time,” says Cloepfil, who conceived the 28,500-square-foot building as “a nearly geologic experience.”

The big news here, of course, is that the majority of the museum’s approximately 2,400 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures—a mind-boggling 94% of Still’s total creative output—has never been on display. The inaugural exhibition will fill the nine second-foor galleries with 100 works (including the only three Still sculptures in existence), exploring Still’s early arrival at complete abstraction as well as the ongoing significance of figuration on his later work. Can’t wait ’til November? Get to Denver for next Wednesday evening’s sneak peek inside the Clyfford Still warehouse. A live broadcast from the top secret East Coast location will be streamed for an audience at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where we’re hoping the scientifically inclined staffers can make arrangements for a webcast.