Dan Flavin, untitled, 1996
New York City
Dia Art Foundation has reinstalled a major site-specific work in its collection, Dan Flavin’s untitled, 1996, in the two stairwells of 548 West 22nd Street. From 1987 to 2004 this building housed Dia’s contemporary art programs, and Flavin was commissioned to create this installation which was originally realized in 1996. The work comprises two rows of blue and green fluorescent lamps which measure 2 feet each (61 cm) and are stacked vertically, end to end, between the five floors of the building. Set within custom-made fixtures that fit directly into the corners of the stairwells, eight blue lamps are on the first landing, seven blue lamps are on the second landing, seven green lamps are on the third landing, and nine green lamps are on the fourth landing. The lights can be seen both within the building and from the street, and the installation exemplifies Flavin's subtle work in relation to a specific architectural context. Completed just prior to the artist’s death, it is Flavin’s last work in fluorescent light.