I have changed my mind about artist Clyfford Still. I like his older works, in which he developed a very unusual way of interpreting the human form, and am impressed by his evocative portrayals of workers in Alberta and Washington state. The huge abstracts that border on minimalism still leave me uninspired. To Be Continued….
A friend of mine visited the new Clyfford Still Museum in Denver today. She was very impressed by the light in the rooms, and the aforementioned perforated ceiling . Personally, I don’t care for that vapid style of painting, which gave birth to minimalism. Having restored one of his paintings for a dealer at Art Santa Fe in 2007, I was appalled at the low-quality work, and dubious longevity of Still’s method with his medium. It was much too recent a painting to be crumbling as it was.
Piss-Poor Painting Panned by Potty Patron
On December 29th, a 36-year old woman was arrested for scratching, punching and leaning on one of the paintings in Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum. She had apparently attempted and failed to urinate on the “artwork” but lacked the proper equipment to do so. The museum says that the canvas’ surface was not breached, but claims that the de minimus damage will cost $10.000.00 to repair. The entity seems to correlate that estimate with its own hyper-inflated, arbitrary appraisal of the painting’s value at $30,000,000.00!
©M-J de Mesterton, 2012
UPDATE, January 9th: it appears that the offender rubbed her buttocks on the painting–euphemistically described in initial reports that I read as “leaned” on its surface. Here is a post of mine from another blog that I write:
Fran Murphy, Oil Painting Instructor and Anonymous “Student”
~~Ron Wigginton, Instructor at Cornish School of Allied Arts
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