Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin: (1962/3, 1970, 1996)

May 22, 1997 - June 14, 1998

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This exhibition of the late Dan Flavin's work includes Flavin's first piece executed entirely in fluorescent light, diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi), 1963. [pictured above] Also on view are Flavin's icon series, untitled, 1970, and the site-specific work commissioned by Dia in 1996 that stretches from the first floor to the roof through Dia's stairwells, and consists of blue and green fluorescent light.

 

Checklist

1. icon I (the heart)(to the light of Sean McGovern which blesses everyone), 1961-62. Oil on gesso on masonite and pine, red fluorescent light. 25 1/8 x 25 1/8 x 4 5/8 inches, excluding lamp and fixture. Estate of Dan Flavin.

2. icon II (the mystery)(to John Reeves), 1961. Oil on acrylic masonite and pine, porcelain receptacle, pull chain, amber-colored fire logs, vacuum incandescent bulb. 25 1/8 x 25 1/8 x 4 5/8 inches, excluding bulb and fixture. Estate of Dan Flavin.

3. icon III, 1962. Painted wood box, red light bulb, red fluorescent light. 25 1/8 x 25 1/8 x 6 inches, excluding bulb and fixture. Collection Donald Judd Estate.

4. icon V (Coran's Broadway Flesh), 1962. Oil on masonite, porcelain receptacles, pull chains, clear incandescent "candle" bulbs. 31 5/8 x 31 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches, excluding bulb and fixture. Private Collection.

5. icon VI (Ireland dying)(to Louis Sullivan), 1962-63. Oil on masonite, painted steel receptacle, glass cap, red incandescent bulb, socket disc flasher. 25 1/8 x 25 1/8 x 10 3/8 inches, excluding bulb and fixture. Collection Donald Judd Estate.

6. icon VII (via crucis), 1962-64. Mars Black Liquitex on masonite, daylight fluorescent light. 25 1/8 x 25 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches, excluding bulb and fixture. Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gift of Barbara Rose, New York.

7. icon VIII (the dead niggers icon)(to Blind Lemon Jefferson), 1962/63. Oil on masonite, porcelain receptacles, pull chains, red incandescent bulbs, socket disc flashers. 25 1/8 x 25 1/8 x 10 7/16 inches, excluding bulb and fixture. Private Collection.

8. the diagonal of May 23, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi), 1963. Yellow fluorescent light. 8 feet long. Collection Dia Center for the Arts, Gift of the artist.

9. unitled, 1970. Blue and red fluorescent light. 97 1/2 inches x vaiable length x 3 3/4 inches.

10. untitled, 1996. Blue and green fluorescent light. Site-specific installation in a pair of staircases. Collection Dia Center for the Arts. Gift of Nancy Brown Wellin in memory of the friendship between Alice and George R. Brown and John and Dominique de Menil.

 
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