New York

Clyfford Still

Marlborough | Midtown

The present exhibition of Clyfford Still’s paintings covers the years 1943 to 1966. It is a magnificent survey. The paintings are, with rare exception, very strong, complete and profound. This said, and it is after all the only thing really worth saying, there are tiny curious issues which crop up throughout the exhibition and which creep into the catalog. Thus questions like, “Why is Still showing at a commercial gallery after all these years?” or “Why is there no catalog essay?” and even more miniscule speculations about details of the catalog and presentation are almost forced upon one as a consequence of Mr. Still’s unique relations with the art world at large.

It is evident now that in the early 1950s a small group of figures, nominally attached to the Abstract Expressionist group, were producing a kind of large painting which emphasized issues not immediately central to the gestural

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