The world’s most intact public collection of any major American artist delves deep into Clyfford Still’s practice and ideas this fall. "Still & Art" presents the most widely investigative survey mounted by the Museum. The first exhibition to extensively juxtapose Still’s art with numerous reproduced images by more than 30 other artists, the display also features the Museum’s first augmented reality experience.
Occupying the Museum’s nine galleries with 79 artworks by Still created over a span of sixty years, "Still & Art" brings new meaning to Still’s 1979 declaration, “My work is not influenced by anybody.” Scholar and critic David Anfam has studied the artist for over four decades. His installation enables visitors to discover both direct connections and subtle correspondences that reveal the complexity driving Still’s imagination. References as diverse as Hollywood’s two Frankenstein films from the 1930s, the great Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, popular cartoons, ancient and modern sculptures and more were grist to the mill of Still’s vision, which recast them into novel new syntheses.
Beginning in mid-October, 12 works by ten key figures will feature in the galleries by means of augmented reality. Through a custom handheld device, these virtual images screened on gallery walls recreate the hues, textures, and presence of the original pieces to a degree unmatched by traditional two-dimensional reproductions. Featured are Leonardo da Vinci, Willem de Kooning, Théodore Géricault, Anselm Kiefer, Morris Louis, Barnett Newman, Gottardo Piazzoni, Robert Rauschenberg, Philip Taaffe and Van Gogh. [Organizer's description]