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Clyfford Still Museum is a Light-Filled Dedication to the Work of One Artist
The new museum, which is entirely devoted to the works of Clyfford Still, was opened on November 18th, 2011. The 28,500-square-foot museum contains a collection that encompasses approximately 2,400 works created by Still from 1920 to 1980, the majority of which have never been exhibited, including 825 paintings, 1575 works on paper, three sculptures, archival materials such as letters, sketchbooks, and photographs. Inside, the two-story facility contains a conservation studio, collection storage, archive library, outdoor terraces and multiple galleries housing the works of Still.
Visitors approach the museum through a grove of trees and a landscaped forecourt, which provides a place of transition from the urban context into the museum’s surroundings. The exterior is a rich and textured pattern of thin, vertical lines of concrete that project from the building’s surface in a fractured, organic, and random pattern. A long low reception area welcomes visitors inside and then a beautifully handcrafted staircase leads up to the galleries. The nine galleries are all lit with natural daylighting created by skylights placed over a cast-in-place, perforated concrete ceiling. Movable shades on the skylights help control the light and the geometric concrete screen helps to create an even field of soft and changing daylight in the galleries.
Images ©Jeremy Bittermann courtesy of Allied Works Architecture
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