• Clyfford Still

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

    Though his work shares indisputably in the glory that attaches to first-generation Abstract Expressionism, Clyfford Still himself has preferred to hug the provincial periphery, a Blakean moralist for whom the marketplace is, it seems, soiled by the old-fashioned stench of human corruption: “. . . the public domain,” he once wrote in a piece for this magazine, “is, and has always been, not a well to drink from, but a cesspool of insidious and poisonous matter.”

    For Still the art world is an “arrogant farce,” and his own adversarial strategy has been to withhold quantities of his major paintings

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