Art: Prairie Coriolanus

If there is an eminence grise among living American artists, that man is Clyfford Still. The history of abstract expressionism, the movement that did most to coalesce the once frail identity of American art, is unimaginable without his vast Wagnerian canvases. But 15 years have passed since Still quit Manhattan in disgust for a ten-acre farm in Westminster, Md., and during that time his execrations of the "arrogant farce" of the art world—its neuroses, its museums, its critics, and their failure to come to grips with his work—have not ceased to be heard....

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