This is a detail from a sublime untitled 1951 Clyfford Still painting (known as ‘1951-E’) in the collection of the Albright-Knox. Before the opening of the Clyfford Still Museum last year, the Albright-Knox and SFMOMA had the two greatest troves of Still’s paintings thanks to substantial gifts from Still himself.
Still is the subject of the first segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, on which I speak with one of the world’s top abstract expressionism scholars: David Anfam. In recent years Anfam has been working with the Still Museum on its collections and installations. He is also the author of the catalogue raisonnes of Mark Rothko’s paintings and Conrad Marca-Relli. The museum has also just published “Clyfford Still: The Artist’s Museum,” which features a major essay by Anfam on Still’s life and work. (Amazon offers the book for $25 off.)