Immerse Yourself in the Early Years of the Clyfford Still Museum During This Exhibition

Join the Clyfford Still Museum for their newest exhibition, The Early Years: Clyfford Still in Canada, 1920–33! You can make it a Sunday Funday and visit the museum on Sunday, January 26th. Situated in the Museum’s first three galleries, The Early Years illustrates the early development and legacy of Still’s artistic practices in two distinctive geographical settings, Bow Island (1920–25) and Killam, Alberta (1925–33). This exhibition is the third installment in an exhibition series featuring Still’s earliest works and curated by guest curator, Patricia Failing.

Nearly all of Still’s work from Bow Island, aside from portraits, represents the area’s seasonal prairie environment. Severe droughts, harsh winters and abrupt shifts in weather conditions were typical in this inhospitable dry belt. Allusions to these hardships, however, are notably absent from Still’s sunny Bow Island landscapes, sketches of plants and animals, and atmospheric color studies.

In 1925, Still’s family moved 230 miles north to Killam, Alberta, where farming conditions were more promising. Like his practice in Bow Island, Still’s Killam paintings and drawings concentrate on the landscape around the family farm. However, his interest in this subject shifted after the move north. In his Killam works, grain elevators and other structures are treated as shafts of atmospheric colored light penetrating long, horizontal stretches of sky.

The exhibition concludes with some of Still’s later, mature abstractions, which Still emphasized, “have nothing to do with the prairie.” Yet, Still’s daughter, Sandra, observed that her father “came out of the flats of Alberta…and would not have made his paintings of the 1970s especially, I think, if he had grown up in the city.” A selection of Still’s work on view in the exhibition’s third gallery suggests this heritage she had in mind. The Early Years will be on display until April 26, 2020.

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Event Time/Date:
Sunday, January 26, 2020—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock Street
Denver, Colorado 80204

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