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Fluttery white forms fill this composition, intermingling at the top center quadrant with a black form that has been covered entirely by fatty acid bloom or translucent white paint. An orange lifeline runs through the center of the composition from top to bottom edge.
Clyfford Still, PH-1026, 1959 (detail). Oil on canvas, 83 5/8 x 67 in. Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

Spotlight: Inside Conservation

Sep 15, 2023–Mar 17, 2024

This installation is the first complete chronological installation since A Decade of Discovery: Clyfford Still in Denver and seeks to reacquaint visitors with a thorough overview of Clyfford Still’s career from the early 1920s through the end of his career in the late 1970s. As the third installment in CSM’s “Spotlight” series, nine distinct conservation “spotlights” will be integrated into the chronological installation across all nine of CSM’s galleries.

 

Each conservation vignette explores a specific conservation issue or topic relevant to CSM’s collections, offering viewers an enhanced understanding of Still’s process, materials, and art through the lens of conservation at the Clyfford Still Museum. Conservation spotlights are illustrated through interpretative gallery text, scientific imagery, and related artworks. The spotlight concepts build in complexity over the course of the installation, providing the viewer with a linear way of understanding both the technical and philosophical scope of conservation and preservation-related practices.

Fluttery white forms fill this composition, intermingling at the top center quadrant with a black form that has been covered entirely by fatty acid bloom or translucent white paint. An orange lifeline runs through the center of the composition from top to bottom edge.
Clyfford Still, PH-1026, 1959. Oil on canvas, 83 5/8 x 67 in. Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY