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Life after death for art collection

August 10, 2004|Suzanne Muchnic

A 2,000-piece collection of works by American Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still that has been in storage since his death in 1980 has finally found a home in Denver.

The artist's will stipulates that the collection be given to an American city but requires the recipient to create and maintain a museum devoted exclusively to his art. His widow, Patricia A. Still, who has had discussions with many suitors, confirmed Monday that she had reached an agreement with Denver.

When the City Council formally accepts the bequest, the city will launch a campaign to raise $7 million for construction of the planned museum and additional funds to cover the estimated $500,000 in annual operating costs. Under terms of the agreement, Denver has 10 years to meet its obligation.

Suzanne Muchnic

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