Clyfford Still Museum – Groundbreaking Celebration

Today held a landmark ceremony for the city of Denver. Groundbreaking took place for the Clyfford Still Museum scheduled to open in 2011.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Mayor John Hickenlooper, Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

After the typical speeches and several rounds of applause, it was explained to the crowd that Still was not fond of tradition and the standard groundbreaking would not take place. Behind the podium a large piece of construction machinery fired up and pounded the ground with a sound you could feel. The appendage rose into the air and paused then turned hard left into the adjacent building. The corner of the building to be replaced with the museum was repeatedly smashed to the tune of low level fireworks.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - North Rendering - Allied Works Architecture - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, North Rendering, Allied Works Architecture, 2009.

The museum will house over 2,400 of the artist’s work broken down as follows.

100 paintings dating from 1920 – 1943: Still’s student years, Depression-era works, Surrealist-inspired works, and first forays into abstraction.

350 paintings dating from 1944 – 1960: Still’s “breakthrough period” and the years of “high” Abstract Expressionism. Many canvases span over ten-by-fourteen feet.

375 paintings dating from 1961 – 1979: later works, most of which have never been exhibited.

1575 works on paper spanning all aspects of Still’s career in such media as pastel, crayon, charcoal, gouache, tempera, graphite, and pen and ink. Few of these have ever been exhibited.

In addition to the artworks, the museum will also house the artist’s archives of letters, sketchbooks, manuscripts, photo albums and personal effects, most of which has never been seen by the public.

Clyfford Still Museum - Model Elevation - Allied Works Architecture - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Model Elevation, Allied Works Architecture, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum
Groundbreaking Celebration
14 December 2009
13th Avenue and Bannock Street
Denver, Colorado



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Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, LookIntoMyOwl.com until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.


3 Responses to Clyfford Still Museum – Groundbreaking Celebration

  1. ian says:

    Nice photos and coverage. Feel like I was there.

  2. Arlys Sobel says:

    This was very exciting to view by tape. I’m so pleased the you have arrived to this point of building a Museum to honor Clyfford Still’s art. My Son is Dean Sobel and the local papers are waiting for information on how the Still Family choose Denver for this honor and how you progressed to the actual groundbreaking level.

    Congratulations from Wisconsin

  3. Arlys Sobel says:

    This was a wonderful tape to see. I’m looking forward to coming for the actual opening.
    Dean Sobel is my Son and the local papers are looking forward to having an article about the Clyfford Still Museum and the process of the Still Family choosing Denver for this treasure of art.
    Congratulations to your success.

    Oconomowoc, Wi.

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