Clyfford Still was not an easy man.
He called the paintings of fellow abstract expressionist Barnett Newman “pathetic” and referred to influential art critic Clement Greenberg as “a small and lecherous man.” He destroyed one of his own canvases by cutting a chunk out of it after a collector dared to disobey his wishes. He turned down sales, rejected exhibitions, and forbade reproductions.
The artist’s uncompromising life and the toll it’s taken on his reputation and market is the subject of the new documentary “Lifeline: Clyfford Still.”
“It’s about what you give up in your life to make art the way you chose to,” says Dennis Scholl, the film’s director and an art collector. “He gave up acclaim and attention. He would not let the art world commodify him.”
“Lifeline: Clyfford Still” will make its world premiere on November 12 at DOC NYC.
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