May 01, 1997

From May 22 through September 14, 1997, The Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York, will present Dan Flavin: ...drawn along the shores. 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; admission is free.

Dan Flavin: ...drawn along the shores will include 155 pencil drawings and 8 etchings made by the artist between 1960 and 1978. For most of that period, he was working in New York and would often drive to points along the Hudson River and the Long Island shore to make these sketches. In 1978, they were exhibited at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton.

Flavin’s interest in landscape drawing is manifest also in the collections of Hudson River landscape drawings and paintings he assembled for himself and for Dia in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In addition to the 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.

Dia has supported Flavin’s work since 1974, acquiring almost 50 works by this renown American artist and commissioning site-specific installations in Grand Central Station, New York, and Marfa, Texas, in addition to maintaining The Dan Flavin Art Institute.

Concurrently, Dia will present an installation entitled “Dan Flavin: (1962/63, 1970, 1996),” which includes historical and recent work by the artist on the ground floor galleries at 548 West 22nd Street, New York City. Dia is open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm through June 29. This exhibition will reopen on September 11, 1997, for the 1997—98 season.

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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Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, or 212 293 5518

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