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Clyfford Still

Friday, June 25–Sunday, August 29, 2010

Portrait of Clyfford Still. © Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Image courtesy of the G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library, Gallery Archives, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery owns the largest public collection of paintings by the American Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still—an ensemble of thirty-three abstract works that span the most critical developments of his career from 1937 to 1963.

Notorious for distrusting the art world, Still developed a unique relationship with the Gallery through its forthright director Gordon M. Smith and president of the board of directors Seymour H. Knox, Jr. This relationship, initiated in 1957 with the purchase of an iconic painting titled 1954 for the Permanent Collection, culminated in a major solo exhibition that the artist installed at the Gallery in 1959. Convinced that the Albright-Knox would make a respectful home for a carefully chosen group of paintings, Still subsequently gifted thirty-one canvases to the Gallery in 1964.

Twenty-nine paintings from the gift will be on view for nine weeks beginning June 25, at the museum. The exhibition will also include a selection of Still archives from the museum’s Library Collection.