A fine piece on Clyfford Still

I just found this when trawling the web and had to share it with you.

 

The flurry of jagged forms across this mural-sized painting seems to flutter and mesh at the same time.  With its massive scale and brutal fracture of blacks and reds and tiny flames of yellow and magenta at the periphery, the canvas appears formed more by the forces of nature than by pictorial logic.

Read the rest of the article by James Kalm here.

Sundays with Clyfford Still: My half-assed tribute

So I just spent a week or so as the involuntary guest of the government of a small Balkan country.  They were rash enough to allow me the use of a set of watercolors.

Those who haven’t much experience with painting might not know this, but watercolors are actually the hardest kind of paint to master.   That free, spontaneous look they have?  Takes a ton of planning, practice, and “saving whites”.  Oils are a cinch by comparison.  With oils, you can scrape off your mistakes before they dry.

Anyway, here’s one of my prison paintings, entitled “Half-Assed Tribute to Clyfford Still”.

Half-Assed Tribute to Clyfford Still, by M.K. Hajdin

The photo quality is half-assed, too.  Just to keep up with the half-assed spirit of things.

Sundays with Clyfford Still: The Ouija Board Interview (19)

Welcome to Sundays With Clyfford Still. I’m your host, M.K. Hajdin.

This is number 19 in the series. You can read the other posts here.

Clyfford Still famously wore a suit and tie under his painting smock, so this recently discovered photograph will surprise future scholars.

No More Page 3 Clyffie

Mysterious

Instead of a suit, tie and smock, a strangely glowing shirt with words on it!  What can we make of this mysterious message?

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Sundays with Clyfford Still: An Inconvenient Artist (18)

Welcome to Sundays With Clyfford Still. I’m your host, M.K. Hajdin.

This is number 18 in the series. You can read the other posts here.

M.K. Hajdin

We are spirits in the material world: 1947-H no. 3 by Clyfford Still (Credit: SFMoMA)

In this piece about an upcoming exhibition at the Clyfford Still Museum that compares Clyfford Still with reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh, Judith Dobrzynski opines, “I think Still made a huge, egotistical mistake – preventing comparisons of works by other artists side-by-side doesn’t make him look better, it makes him look afraid. Wouldn’t this have been far more interesting if the van Gogh works were actually present, instead of there in reproductions?”

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Sundays with Clyfford Still: A hundred million birds fly away(17)

Welcome to Sundays With Clyfford Still. I’m your host, M.K. Hajdin.

This is number 17 in the series. You can read the other posts here.

For this painting, I’d build a wall.

Tiffany Weber

CSM-4619 by Clyfford Still

CSM – 4619 by Clyfford Still. Photo: Tiffany Weber

I am still in the process of researching this, but I will talk more about this painting and symbolism of birds in Clyfford’s work in future posts.

When I first saw CSM- 4619 I was immediately reminded of the song in the video clip below.  (Read the Youtube comments; they’re surprisingly eloquent.)

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Sundays with Clyfford Still: Some Unexpected Levity (16)

Welcome to Sundays With Clyfford Still. I’m your host, M.K. Hajdin.

This is number 16 in the series. You can read the other posts here.

Our last episode was a bit grim, so here’s a palate cleanser.

Clyfford Still did some realistic sketches of Indian people.  Here they are, looking remarkably more cheery than most of his other work.   And here’s a link to an article in the Denver Post about the new works in the Clyfford Still Museum.  I’m not sure I agree with Rinaldi’s characterization of Still’s later works as a “decline”, or that “pretty” is an unworthy goal in art.  I’ve always felt that to be an elitist opinion, but it would take an entire post of its own to explain why.  Anyway, here comes the bright and cheery:

Clyfford Still Sketches

Sketches by Clyfford Still. Photo: Gary Regester

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