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The Early Years: Clyfford Still in Canada, 1920–33
January 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pmFree – $10
Situated in the Clyfford Still Museum’s first three galleries, the new exhibition The Early Years: Clyfford Still in Canada, 1920–33 illustrates the early development and legacy of Still’s artistic practices in two distinctive Canadian geographical settings, Bow Island (1920–25) and Killam, Alberta (1925–33). Organized by guest curator Patricia Failing, the exhibition is the third in a series she organized tracing Still’s inspirations and achievements during his first two decades as a young artist.
Nearly all of Still’s work from Bow Island, aside from portraits, represents the area’s seasonal prairie environment. Despite harsh conditions, Still’s Bow Island work featured sunny landscapes, sketches of plants and animals, and atmospheric color studies.
In 1925, Still’s family moved 230 miles north to Killam. Like his practice in Bow Island, Still’s Killam paintings and drawings concentrate on the landscape around his family’s farm.
The exhibition concludes with some of Still’s later, mature abstractions, which Still believed, “have nothing to do with prairie.” The chromatic and special effects that emerge in the work of the 1970s on view echo some of his youthful beginnings.
The Clyfford Still Museum is open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays.
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