For our current exhibit, Learning to See Color, we had a special opportunity to collaborate with the Clyfford Still Museum. Our exhibit explores five questions concerning color – one of the most fundamental topics in the arts – and a primary interest to Clyfford Still himself. Among the characteristics that define Still’s paintings – dramatic textures, monumental scale, and jagged, vertical forms – the use of color is perhaps the aspect that contributes most substantially to the viewer’s experience.
Still wrote tellingly about his use of color on several occasions. In spite of his extensive knowledge of color theory and the history of color usage in art, he did not subscribe to traditional color symbolism or associations. Rather, Still was more interested in fusing all the elements of the work together to create a seamless and total art experience. Below are four pictures of the room in Clyfford Still Museum that specifically focuses on color and the collaboration between our two institutions. Similarly, the next time you come to see Learning to See Color look for the text panel we have up discussing Still’s artwork and the influence of color.