From May 21 through September 13, 1998, The Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York, will present "Dan Flavin: Drawings 1962-1975". Maintained by Dia Center for the Arts, The Dan Flavin Art Institute is located on Corwith Avenue off Main Street. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 6 pm; suggested contribution of $3.
"Dan Flavin: Drawings 1962-1975" is a survey of Flavin's early drawings executed between 1962 and 1975. The earlier sketches in this exhibition relate to a series of "Icons," some of Flavin's earliest works to incorporate electric light, seven of which are currently on display until June 14, 1998, at Dia's exhibition facility at 548 West 22nd Street, New York City . All the drawings in the exhibition indicate that Flavin explored many possibilities, and had already conceived specific arrangements that would later be realized in large-scale fluorescent light works. This exhibition of drawings has been organized by the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas.
In addition to this summer-long exhibition, nine works in fluorescent light by the artist are on permanent view in the second floor gallery. Comprised of works from the years 1971-1981, this installation was planned and completed in 1983 by Flavin for the Bridgehampton space. It has since been maintained by Dia Center for the Arts for public viewing each summer.
In addition to maintaining the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, Dia has supported Flavin's work in other ways since 1974. Dia has acquired almost 50 works by this renown American artist and also commissioned site-specific installations in Grand Central Station, New York, Marfa, Texas, and, most recently in 1996, the staircases of 548 West 22nd Street, New York City.
Dan Flavin was born in 1933 in New York City, where he later studied art history at the New School for Social Research. From 1963, he exhibited nationally and internationally. He lived and worked for most of the last 20 years of his life in Bridgehampton and Wainscott. Flavin died on November 29, 1996.
Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Established in 1974, the organization has become one of the largest in the United States dedicated to contemporary art and contemporary culture. In fulfilling this commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in poetry, visual arts, education, and critical discourse.
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