The Clyfford Still Museum is a breathtaking art museum dedicated to the life and revolutionary art of Clyfford Still, who was conceived of a master of modern art. Still was one of its greatest innovators and among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, who chose integrity and principles over celebrity and fortune. In the years immediately following World War II, Still developed a new, powerful approach to painting. His paintings are marked by abstract forms, expressive brushwork and monumental scale, “breaking free“ from traditional painting methods.
Home to the Artist's Lifetime Output
The Museum houses 95 percent of the artist's total output, which includes over 3,100 works created between 1920 and 1980. Hence, this collection is the most intact body of work of any major artist. Moreover, the Museum is home to archives of letters, sketchbooks, manuscripts, photo albums and personal effects of the artist. The Archive further contains studio records, photographs as well as the artist's tools and materials.
After Still's death in 1980, Still's will stipulated that the Clyfford Still Estate be given to an American city willing to errect a museum dedicated to his work. Giving his estate in its entirety to the City of Denver in 2004 should ensure its survival for study and exhibition in order to advance the understanding and appreciation of his art. Still's wife Patricia Still selected Denver, which was to receive the whole Still collection. The Museum opened in 2011 and is located right next to the Denver Art Museum. It is a two-story building which was specifically designed by Allied Works Architecture to display Still's work.
How to get there
Coming from the airpiort, drive west on I-70 past downtown, merge onto I-25 South and take the Speer Boulevard exit. Turn left to travel south past Colfax Avenue, then turn left onto 14th Avenue and follow it around Civic Center Park. Turn right onto Broadway and right onto 12th Avenue to enter the Civic Center parking garage. Exit the garage and walk past the Denver Art Museum toward Bannock Street. The main entrance of the museum at the front of the building is located at the corner of 1250 Bannock Street and 13th Avenue. It is wheelchair accessible via a ramp.