Welcome to Sundays With Clyfford Still. I’m your host, M.K. Hajdin.
This is number 6 in the series. You can read the other posts here.
Clyfford Still turned his back on the the art world and went on rejecting its elitism and snobbery for the rest of his life, only to be embraced and immortalized after his death. It’s a genius strategy, because after you’re dead nobody can argue with you. Nobody wants to disrespect the dead. Still was perfectly aware that artists who have starved in obscure garrets all their lives are suddenly pounced upon as soon as they die, gobbled up and assimilated into the world of the “culturati”. He just didn’t want that process to happen while he was alive, because being part of high society is fucking tiresome.