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“Must See for Abstract Expressionist Art fans!”

Clyfford Still Museum
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Ranked #25 of 252 things to do in Denver
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Owner description: The canvas was his ally. The paint and the trowel were his weapons. And the Art World was his enemy. Discover an American Master at the Clyfford Still Museum, home to the world's most intact public collection of a major American artist. From October 14, 2016 to January 15, 2017, the Clyfford Still Museum will display more than 260 of Clyfford Still's works on paper in the Museum's largest exhibition to date. With very few exceptions, paintings will not be on view in the Museum during this time.
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“Must See for Abstract Expressionist Art fans!”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Didn't know much about this artist, but had seen him mentioned as a contemporary of Mark Rothko and De Kooning. Apparently, he took his work off the market for years, and shunned publicity and fame, but was highly respected by his contemporaries. A treasure trove of his work on display in this wonderful museum!

Visited September 2013
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“disappointment with museum”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

We visited the Denver Art Museum - adjacent to this Museum before visiting this one. Seeing the evolution of his art over his lifetime was moderately interesting - did not see the beauty or wisdom of his work in later years.
Seeing 2 floors of all one persons art gets old - especially as more recent work began to look like a single colored piece on a huge canvas - only brush strokes being different.
Felt it was not worth the money.
NOTED: googled to 10 museums in greater Denver area - Denver Post did NOT list this museum. I believe I know why.
If you are time limited can resist this one.

Visited September 2013
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“Worth seeing”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

I think admission was $20 which is kind of a lot but it's in the high concentration of Clifford's art and it was well worth seeing.

Visited August 2013
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Los Angeles, CA
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“Most Interesting for its Building”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

The recently opened Clyfford Still building has found its place in Denver. No doubt other, more established art cities were less receptive to the offer. This might be the least art-worthy one-person museum anywhere. It seems to have been more a function of a bequest than a result of the acclaim of the art-interested.

Work shown is promised to rotate, so perhaps we saw a grouping that was less than completely impressive. Museum also follows the m.o. of trying to laud Still by association, continually making exaggerated claims for him by placing him in a grouping among the distinctive artists of his era. For more worthy one-man buildings, try the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh or the Memling Museum in Bruges, among others.

While the art might be worth only two dots, I give this museum four because of the beautiful building designed by Brad Cloepfil from Portland. An obvious follower of Louis Kahn, this building takes some of its ideas from Kahn's works in New Haven, both the Yale Art Gallery with its distinctive ceiling and the Yale Center for British Art with its striking combination of concrete against wood. In fact, there's a bit of reference to another famous New Haven building, Paul Rudolph's Art and Architecture (now housing only Architecture) with its brutalist concrete that can cause skin tears if one walks too close to it. But I don't mean to suggest that the Still Museum building isn't Cloepfil's own as he takes all these influences and imposes a delicate style--despite the prevalence of concrete. Definitely worth seeing.

Visited September 2013
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“Amazing artist, amazing museum”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Friendly museum staff, beautiful museum and Clyfford Still's art is breathtaking. I'm sure Denver is very proud to have this museum in their city. Amazing.

Visited September 2013
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