Written by David Anfam and Dean Sobel, Contribution by Alex Katz and Dorothea Rockburne
An exclusive look at the late work of one of the most influential and enigmatic painters, whose late-career paintings are virtually unknown to the public and many are published here for the first time.
Clyfford Still (1904-1980) is a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, along with Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Willem de Kooning. This revelatory book, accompanying a groundbreaking exhibition, investigates Clyfford Still's late work, both in painting and in drawing, made after his move to rural Maryland in 1961. This marks a particularly fertile period for Still; he made over 375 works on canvas and a staggering 1,100 works on paper in Maryland before his death in 1980 at the age of 75. Given Still's especially reclusive posture later in life and the fact that none of the artworks in Still's estate were exhibited or made available to anyone before the opening of the Clyfford Still Museum in 2011, a full-scale presentation of these forty paintings and thirty works on paper is especially meaningful.
In addition to essays by Dean Sobel and David Anfam, the artists Alex Katz and Dorothea Rockburne contribute texts on the notion of "late work."
About The Author
Dean Sobel has served as Director of the Clyfford Still Museum since 2005. A specialist in twentieth-century art, Sobel spearheaded the effort to create a permanent home for the Clyfford Still and Patricia Still estates. David Anfam is Managing Director of Art Exploration Consultancy Ltd., as well as Senior Consulting Curator at the Clyfford Still Museum and Director of its Research Center. Alex Katz (b. 1927) is an American figurative artist known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints. Dorothea Rockburne (b. 1932) is an abstract painter whose works draw inspiration primarily from her deep interest in mathematics and astronomy.