The worlds most intact public collection of any major American artist delves deep into Clyfford Stills practice and ideas this fall. Still & Art presents the most widely investigative survey mounted by the Museum
, which enters its seventh year this November. The first exhibition to extensively juxtapose Stills art with numerous reproduced images by more than 30 other artists, the display also features the Museums first augmented reality experience.
Occupying the Museums nine galleries with 79 artworks by Still created over a span of sixty years, Still & Art brings new meaning to Stills provocative 1979 declaration, My work is not influenced by anybody. Scholar and critic David Anfam has studied the artist for over four decades. His installation enables visitors to discover both direct connections and subtle correspondences that reveal the complexity driving Stills imagination. References as diverse as Hollywoods two Frankenstein films from the 1930s, the great Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, popular cartoons, ancient and modern sculptures, and more besides, were grist to the mill of Stills powerful vision, which recast them into extraordinarily novel new syntheses.
Beginning in mid-October, twelve works by ten key figures will feature in the galleries by means of augmented reality. Through a custom handheld device, these virtual images screened on gallery walls recreate the hues, textures, and presence of the original pieces to a degree unmatched by traditional two-dimensional reproductions. Featured are Leonardo da Vinci, Willem de Kooning, Théodore Géricault, Anselm Kiefer, Morris Louis, Barnett Newman, Gottardo Piazzoni, Robert Rauschenberg, Philip Taaffe, and Van Gogh. This experience is made possible through a partnership with Google, the software developer GuidiGO, and media company RYOT.
Still & Art begins with Stills acknowledgment of several Old Masters whom he admired, including Leonardo, Rembrandt, J.M.W. Turner, and Van Gogh; progresses to his interrogation of near-contemporaries in Europe and the United States such as Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Georgia OKeeffe, and Picasso; and concludes with epic canvases and intimate pastels that show the artist meditating on his own past production as well as anticipating or paralleling color-field painting, minimalism, and comparable avant-garde directions in the 1960s and 70s. In sum, Still & Art is an unfolding visual drama that chronicles the visual acumen at the crux of Stills long creative trajectory.
This exhibition explores how Stills incredible originality stems from the sheer diversity of his mind and eye, which roved far and wide across painting, sculpture, photography, cinema, literature and the world around him, said David Anfam, senior consulting curator and director of the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center. The most singular and revolutionary abstract expressionist was also, without irony or apology, the most deeply immersed in the history of art and keenly attentive to both popular culture and the artistic vanguards of his time. Still & Art illustrates how he channeled these perspectives into his own intensely personal style.
Still & Art is curated by David Anfam, senior consulting curator and director of the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center. It is dedicated to Dr. Anfams life partner, Frederick A. Bearman.
The 34 artists featured with Clyfford Still through reproductions are Arnold Böcklin, Georges Braque, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cézanne, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles-François Daubigny, Willem de Kooning, Eugène Delacroix, Max Ernst, Walker Evans, Al Frueh, Théodore Géricault, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Henri, Anselm Kiefer, Morris Louis, Henri Matisse, Jean-François Millet, Joan Miró, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Barnett Newman, Georgia OKeeffe, José Clemente Orozco, Gottardo Piazzoni, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Richard Serra, Philip Taaffe, J.M.W. Turner, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Grant Wood.
Still & Art is the Museums 21st exhibition since opening in the fall of 2011. In six years the Museum has also created six full-length publications; organized three national symposia; co-produced an hour-long documentary film; collaborated with artists including Matthew Barney, Mark Bradford, Roni Horn, and Julian Schnabel; presented keynotes by Michael Kimmelman, Jerry Saltz, and Roberta Smith; built an innovative free school visit program; and made its public programs and youth admission free to all. The Museum has exhibited 783 different works of art by Clyfford Still to date. Slightly more than 2,400 works in Denvers collection remain to be exhibited.