Abstract landscapes of Clyfford Still

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Jan 30, 2014 9:29PM

On the very top floor of the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, D.C, is a breathtaking view of the National Archives and a green strip of the Mall. But not too far down the hall is a room filled with the expansive abstract landscapes of Clyfford Still. I found this room in early January and was immediately impressed by the expressive color planes in Still's work. His understanding of American landscapes is particularly apparent. Though it is most closely associated with abstract expressionism, I recognized in the rich colors, the blend of colors I am constantly surrounded by in the American Southwest. His work has that same quality as a Rothko – you only feel the full surrealism when you are standing in front of it.