Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Still Building

The Denver Post looks in on the progress of the planned Clyfford Still Museum there (via Tyler Green). Still died in 1980. Under the unusual terms of his Will, his entire collection (amounting to about 2,000 works, including some 750 oil paintings) was to be given to “an American city that will agree to build or assign and maintain permanent quarters exclusively for …” the collection. The Will also places strict limitations on the sale and exchange of the works once received by the designated city. In 2004 Denver entered into an agreement with Still's widow to become that city. According to the Post, the agreement "forbid[s] such amenities as a restaurant and auditorium. The museum is also banned from collecting or showing any other artist's work."