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Woman damages Clyfford Still painting in Denver

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"1957-J, No. 2," a painting by Clyfford Still that was recently damaged by a Denver woman. Photo courtesy Clyfford Still Museum.

The art of Clyfford Still, the abstract expressionist master whose work is well represented in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, has been known to evoke strong reactions from viewers. But this one might be a first:

On Dec. 29, according to the Denver Post, an "apparently drunk" 36-year-old Denver woman dropped her pants in front of Still's mammoth painting "1957-J, No. 2" at the city's newly opened Clyfford Still Museum. She then reportedly punched the canvas, rubbed her posterior on it and finally urinated on herself.

The museum, the Post reported, estimated the damage to the $30 million painting at $10,000.

Look for our coverage of the opening of the Clyfford Still Museum in Sunday's Spotlight section.

--Colin Dabkowski

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