Conservation – Clyfford Still Museum


Would you like a Sample? The importance of sampling in the Art of Conservation

By Pam Skiles, Associate Conservator of Paintings at the Denver Art Museum

One of the ways that conservators can learn more about paintings is through cross sections. These are very small samples, no bigger than the head of a pin, …


James Squires Working Away in the Conservation Studio

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Photo: Ashley Ludkowski


What’s the Paint?

by James Squires, associate conservator of paintings

As I continue to unroll Still’s paintings, some of which haven’t seen the light of day for more than fifty years, I’m astounded at their generally good structural and aesthetic condition. Some look …


Works in Progress

Paintings conservator, James Squires, hard at working preparing a painting for exhibition this fall.

James Squires


The Met Painting: Part II – Exploration

By James Squires, conservator of paintings

Looking at the reverse of our ‘fragment,’ (PH-191), Still was clear on his intent. He writes on the reverse that the picture was…’cut from a large canvas approximately 10 x 13 ft. Painted in …


Conservation Process: Self Portrait, 1923

By James Squires, Conservator

The self-portrait is one of Still’s earliest known pictures. He was 19 years old when he painted this picture.

Generally speaking, conservation treatments are divided into four phases:

  1. Initial stabilization of loose and flaking paint
  2. Removal
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