Still was one of the first Abstract Expressionist artists following World War II. When he died in 1980, his will specified that his estate had to go to one American city which was willing to establish a permanent museum for his work.
In 2004, Denver was selected by Still's wife, Patricia, to receive the collection in entirety. Gov. John Hickenlooper was the mayor of Denver at the time. On Tuesday, he got a special preview of the museum.
"[Still] really was one of the very first people to turn away from making any kind of a representation of a hill or a mountain or a face, anything that represented a specific physical form," Hickenlooper said. "He wanted color to be more than color and shape to be more than shape. He wanted to create a representation of his emotional and central being."
The museum is located near 13th Avenue and Bannock Street in downtown Denver. On Friday, there will be a grand opening ceremony and the museum will be open to the public until 4 p.m. that day. Saturday, Nov. 19 will be the museum's first full day open to the public.
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