Clyfford Still Paper

Emily Potter

January 31, 2012

ARTH 3539

Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still

            Clyfford Still was named to be one of the top Abstract Expressionist artists of the twentieth century.  His paintings began obvious in meaning and apparent in inspiration with shapes and figures the audiences’ eyes were familiar with.  Gradually becoming more familiar with his own style Still began to slowly transform the shapes and figures into something more “somber and complex” in approach.  Human figures began to transform into creature like shapes and becoming ominous in quality. In the 1940s, Stills art continued to advance in inventive and highly original ways transforming into the paintings we now know as Clifford Still’s.  The museum provided an overview of the artist’s imagery and his dramatic stylistic progressions during his fifty year career.  Continue reading

Woman Scratches and Rubs Butt Over $30 Million Clyfford Still Painting

“A Colorado woman dropped her pants at a museum and rubbed her rear end all over a painting valued at $30 million, according to police.

Carmen Tisch, 36, was arrested after scratching, punching and, well, rubbing her butt against Clyfford Still’s “1957-J no.2” and causing an estimated $10,000 damage to the artwork at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. Police believe she was drunk during the late December incident.

“You have to wonder where her friends were,” a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office told the Denver Post.

Tisch was charged with felony criminal mischief on Wednesday and has been held on a $20,000 bond since the incident in late December, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

The oil-on-canvas abstract expressionist painting was spared additional damage when the woman tried to urinate on it but apparently missed.”