There’s been plenty of talk about the establishment of the Clyfford Still Museum, the construction of its $29 million building and last week’s $114 million sale of four paintings originally intended for its collection.
Now it’s time to focus on what matters most — the 116 artworks (including many never before exhibited anywhere) that will go on view today when the museum welcomes the public for the first time with a grand-opening ceremony at 10 a.m.
More than 30 years after his death, Still remains largely a mystery even to art historians. Because he sold and exhibited only a small fraction of what he produced, his work has not been seen or studied anywhere to the degree of other major American painters.
Questions abound, none more pressing than these:
Was Still a strong enough artist to validate an entire museum dedicated exclusively to him?