Art: In the Right Hands

His huge, enigmatic abstract slabs of saturated oil are widely sought after, but Clyfford Still, 60, is pretty picky about who gets them. "A painting in the wrong hands," he says, "is a highly dangerous force, like an equation." He tells about a young man who wanted to buy several of his works and asked, "Mr. Still, what are you trying to say?" Still answered: "You want an epigram, don't you?" The young man nodded. "So I threw him out," said Still.

Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art had to wait two years to buy a Still. But Buffalo's burgeoning Albright-Knox Art Gallery...

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