Dan Flavin  (American, 1933-1996) 

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Dan Flavin (American, 1933–1996) was a pioneer of Minimalism, best known for his illuminated installations of commercial light fixtures. Born in New York City, Flavin received his high school education at a seminary in Brooklyn, NY, as his father wished him to become a priest. He went on to study art history at the New School for Social Research and at Columbia University, while independently working on his own sculptural paintings. In 1961, Flavin began to incorporate electric lighting into his sculptures, and by 1963, he worked exclusively with commercially available fluorescent tubes. Selecting colored lights directly off store shelves, Flavin established a number of standard forms for his work, such as standing lights in corners or hanging them off the wall, which he dubbed Corner Pieces, Barriers, and Corridors. The artist embraced the temporary nature of his artworks, which often shattered or blew out, and was happy to replace parts of his artworks as needed. Though not his stated intention, Flavin laid the grounds for Minimalism with his concern for simple forms, use of industrial materials, and symbolic meaning, along with artists such as Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt. Flavin died in 1996 in Riverhead, NY, at the age of 63. A prominent collection of his work is preserved at the Dia Art Foundation in upstate New York.

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Dan Flavin, Untitled (Sails) (set of 3 works)

 

Dan Flavin
Untitled (Sails) (set of 3 works)
1986

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Dan Flavin, To Don Judd, Colorist: Plates 1; 4; and 7 (3 works)

 

Dan Flavin
To Don Judd, Colorist: Plates 1; 4; and 7 (3 works)
1986

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Dan Flavin, Untitled (Triptych for the Stedelijk) (set of 3 works)

 

Dan Flavin
Untitled (Triptych for the Stedelijk) (set of 3 works)
1986

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Dan Flavin, Untitled (for Rento) (set of 2 works)

 

Dan Flavin
Untitled (for Rento) (set of 2 works)
1986

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Dan Flavin, Untitled (set of 3 works, double-sided)

 

Dan Flavin
Untitled (set of 3 works, double-sided)
1994

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Phillips New York
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Dan Flavin, Untitled (to Lucie Rie, master potter) 1j

 

Dan Flavin
Untitled (to Lucie Rie, master potter) 1j
1990

Galerie Thomas
Dan Flavin, Untitled

 

Dan Flavin
Untitled
1973

Susan Sheehan Gallery
Dan Flavin, untitled (to Lucie Rie, master potter) 1j

 

Dan Flavin
untitled (to Lucie Rie, master potter) 1j
1990

Galerie Thomas Modern
Dan Flavin, untitled (to Barbara Nüsse)

 

Dan Flavin
untitled (to Barbara Nüsse)
1971

Galerie Thomas Modern
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Dan Flavin, Untitled (For the citizens of France on the 200th anniversary of their revolution) 3

 

Dan Flavin
Untitled (For the citizens of France on the 200th anniversary of their revolution) 3, 1959
color pencil and ink on paper

 

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Dan Flavin, Untitled (To Nikki) (in 2 parts framed as 1)

 

Dan Flavin
Untitled (To Nikki) (in 2 parts framed as 1), 1989
white, beige, blue and lead pencil drawing on black rag paper

 

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Dan Flavin, -for one walled circular fluorescent light, 1974 (To Heiner Friedrich) (5 works)

 

Dan Flavin
-for one walled circular fluorescent light, 1974 (To Heiner Friedrich) (5 works), 1974
lithographs

 

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1933   Born: New York City
1953   United States Air Force Meteorological Technician Training School, Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois
1954 - 1955   University of Maryland Extension Program in Osan-ni, Korea
1956   New School for Social Research, New York
1957 - 1959   Columbia University, New York
2012   Dan Flavin: Drawing, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY (solo)
2012   Dan Flavin: An installation, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France (solo)
2010   Dan Flavin, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009   Castelli, Flavin, Judd, Uecker, Haunch of Venison, London
2009   Electricity, Leo Castelli, New York
2008   Dan Flavin (to Don Judd, colorist) 1-7, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
2007   Bjorn Ressle Fine Art, New York (solo)
2006   Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris (solo)
2006   Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris
2006   Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
2004   National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2004   "Design‚Art: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread," Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY
2004   A Minimal Future? Art as Object, 1958-1968, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2004   Design Museum, New York, NY
2003   Dia: Beacon, New York
2003   Collection, Nouvelle Presentation, Musee Art Contemporain Lyon, France
2003   3x3: Flavin, Andre, Judd, Organized by the national Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
2003   Flavin, Judd, Lewitt, Serra - Early Works, Zwirner & Wirth
2003   "Flavin, Andre, Judd", National Gallery of Canada, Halifax
2003   "Collection, Nouvelle Presentation", Musee Art Contemporain Lyon, France
2003   "Flavin, Judd, Lewitt, Serra - Early Works", Zwierner & Wirth
2003   Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
2001   Serpentine Gallery, London (solo)
2000   Galerie Trabant, Vienna, Austria
2000   Zwirner & Wirth, New York, New York
1999   Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, New York
1999   Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
1999   Dan Flavin: icons, 1961-1963, Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York (solo)
1999   Dan Flavin: The Architecture of Light, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (solo)
1997   Dan Flavin: Fluorescent Light, 1963-96, Sabine Knust/Maximilian Verlag, Munich (solo)
1997   Centro Cultural Light, Rio de Janeiro (solo)
1997   Fundacion Proa, Buenos Aires (solo)
1996   PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
1990   Dan Flavin: (for the master potters, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper) themes and variations 1990, Galeries Grasslin-Ehrhardt, Frankfurt am Main (solo)
1989   Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris
1987   Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris
1983   The First Show: Painting and Sculpture from Eight Collections, 1940-1980, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles