Clyfford Still

American, b. 1904, Grandin, North Dakota; d. 1980, Baltimore, Maryland
Clyfford Still


Clyfford Still, a trailblazer of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting, was one of the earliest artists among his peers to shift from representational to abstract painting. Paintings by Still are notable for their monumental size, ragged and irregular fields of color, a dramatic use of the color black, and lack of a singular focal point. In 1964 (PH-558), massive blue and black forms exist alongside bursts of brown, red, white and yellow. Painted in an “all-over composition” the colors appear to continue beyond the unframed canvas. The ambiguous title of the work is purposely done as to prevent preconceived interpretations.

1964 (PH-558)


Clyfford Still, 1964 PH 558


Title: 1964 (PH-558)
Date: 1964
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 112.25 x 170.7 inches
Accession Number: P69.5.4
Location: Corning Tower Concourse Level









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