This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features abstract expressionism expert David Anfam, the senior consulting curator at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. He’s the second guest on this week’s program.
One of the twentieth century’s more entertaining artist-spats was between Clyfford Stil and Barnett Newman: Still claimed that Newman ‘stole’ his trademark zips from him. Is it true? We’re learning lots more about the possible answer to that question with seemingly every exhibition at the Clyfford Still Museum. The latest show there, Anfam’s "Memory, Myth and Magic," includes two of these three paintings, artworks that Anfam and MAN Podcast host Tyler Green discuss on this week’s MAN Podcast: the untitled 1927 oil painting at the top of this post and the untitled 1968 pastel at the bottom. They demonstrate that the dominant vertical informed Still’s work from its beginning through to the end. In the middle is a classic Still abstraction from 1951, a painting that shows his line in full force.
"Memory, Myth and Magic" is on view through September 29.