Art: The Aloof Abstractionist

Cantankerous Clyfford Still lives like a hermit, has no dealer, rarely lets anyone buy his work without his personal approval, and as much as possible forbids exhibiting his work in group shows. Now, drawn by the chance to show at the University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Contemporary Art, where he has found a congenial teaching task, Still is exhibiting 32 major oils rarely seen before. They show that at 58 he ranks among the few skilled practitioners of abstract expressionism.

Picked from a quarter century of his production, the paintings comprise Still's life statement, which is roughly that of the DON'T TREAD...

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