Clyfford Still Museum: poster by Cactus for Clyfford Still

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Clyfford Still Museum: poster

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Industry Museums & Libraries
Media Print, Magazine & Newspaper
Market United States
Agency Cactus
Creative Director Norm Shearer
Art Director Jorge Lamora
Copywriter Elliot Nordstrom
Released November 2011

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A poster-slash-mobile contest, and an experiential advertising campaign created by Cactus support the Nov. 18 grand opening of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver. Still was a major leader and influence of abstract expressionism. In mid-career (1950s) he turned his back on the New York art world. The campaign goal is to create intrigue for an outsider artist influential enough to deserve, and rebellious enough to get, his own museum. (Headlines include âHe refused to sell out before it was cool to refuse to sell out.â)


One-thousand QR-coded, 11ââx 17â posters going up across Denver show one of eight Clyfford Still artworks, and link to the mobile art hunt contest app, âUncover the Mystery.â Users are challenged to find and scan all 8, and, based on their success, win prizes up to a San Francisco trip for two. (Four posters will be relatively easy to find; four others, much less so.)


And in a trowel paint experiential event, a huge, 12ââx 8â blank canvas goes up at Denverâs Art Walk and other cultural goings-on, where art lovers will be invited to take up a trowel and paint like Clyfford Still did:âthickly, with a palette of black, red, yellow and tan. The trowels, branded with the museumâs opening date, are the participantsâ to keep.

Category: Entertainment & leisure
Client: Clyfford Still Museum
Agency: Cactus
Country: United States of America
Creative Director: Norm Shearer
Art Director: Jorge Lamora
Copywriter: Elliot Nordstrom