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"One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do. And it is, as I said, as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find."-Dan Flavin, 1987

Dan Flavin (1933-1996) is considered one of the most important and innovative artists of the late twentieth century. The simplicity and systematic character of his extraordinary work, along with his relentless exploration and ingenious discovery of an art of light, established him as a progenitor and chief exponent of Minimalism. Uniquely situated outside the mediums of painting and sculpture, the majority of Flavin's work after 1963 consists of art made from light.

This landmark book-the first retrospective publication of Flavin's art since 1969-includes around 45 of the artist's most important light works, beginning with a pivotal series of constructed boxes with attached incandescent or fluorescent lights, called "icons," made from 1961 to 1963. Works spanning Flavin's career are discussed in depth, including examples that integrate light with the surrounding space and show the particular characteristics of blended fluorescent light, large-scale installations, and constructed corridors. The book also includes reproductions of Flavin's drawings, which show his thought processes and working methods.

New scholarship and interpretation of Flavin's work appears in the form of three critical essays by experts, an extensive chronology, comprehensive bibliography, and exhibition history. In addition, Flavin's seminal text "`. . . in daylight or cool white.' an autobiographical sketch," originally published in Artforum in 1965, is included.

Exquisitely designed and produced, with many new stunning color reproductions, Dan Flavin: A Retrospective captures the brilliance of this artist's contribution to and challenges of the art world and will be the authoritative volume on Flavin for years to come.

 This book is published in conjunction with a major exhibition on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (October 3, 2004 to January 9, 2005); Museum of Modern Art, Forth Worth (February 25 to June 5, 2005); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (July 1 to October 30, 2005); and other venues to be announced.

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Dan Flavin (1933–1996) is considered one of the most important and innovative artists of the late twentieth century. The simplicity and systematic character of his extraordinary work, along with his relentless exploration and ingenious discovery of an art of light, established him as a progenitor and chief exponent of Minimalism. Uniquely situated outside the mediums of painting and sculpture, the majority of Flavins work after 1963 consists of art made from light.

This landmark book—the first retrospective publication of Flavins art since 1969—includes around 45 of the artists most important light works, beginning with a pivotal series of constructed boxes with attached incandescent or fluorescent lights, called “icons,” made from 1961 to 1963. Works spanning Flavins career are discussed in depth, including examples that integrate light with the surrounding space and show the particular characteristics of blended fluorescent light, large-scale installations, and constructed corridors. The book also includes reproductions of Flavins drawings, which show his thought processes and working methods.

New scholarship and interpretation of Flavins work appears in the form of three critical essays by experts, an extensive chronology, comprehensive bibliography, and exhibition history. In addition, Flavins seminal text “‘. . . in daylight or cool white. an autobiographical sketch,” originally published in Artforum in 1965, is included.

Exquisitely designed and produced, with many new stunning color reproductions, Dan Flavin: A Retrospective captures the brilliance of this artists contribution to and challenges of the art world and will be the authoritative volume on Flavin for years to come.

About the Author

Tiffany Bell has served as project director of the Dan Flavin catalogue raisonné since 1998; Michael Govan is director of Dia Art Foundation; Earl A. Powell III is director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Brydon Smith is former curator of twentieth-century art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Jeffrey Weiss is head of the department of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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ISBN:
9780300106329
With:
Smith, Brydon
Publisher:
Yale University Press
With:
Smith, Brydon
Author:
Bell, Tiffany
Author:
Weiss, Jeffrey
Author:
Govan, Michael
Author:
Smith, Brydon E.
Author:
Powell I, Earl
Author:
Earl Powell I
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - Museum
Subject:
Installation
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Installations (art)
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Flavin, Dan
Subject:
Light art - United States
Subject:
Art - Sculpture
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 b/w + 150 color illus.
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
11.75 x 9.75 in 3.25 lb

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Dan Flavin (1933–1996) is considered one of the most important and innovative artists of the late twentieth century. The simplicity and systematic character of his extraordinary work, along with his relentless exploration and ingenious discovery of an art of light, established him as a progenitor and chief exponent of Minimalism. Uniquely situated outside the mediums of painting and sculpture, the majority of Flavins work after 1963 consists of art made from light.

This landmark book—the first retrospective publication of Flavins art since 1969—includes around 45 of the artists most important light works, beginning with a pivotal series of constructed boxes with attached incandescent or fluorescent lights, called “icons,” made from 1961 to 1963. Works spanning Flavins career are discussed in depth, including examples that integrate light with the surrounding space and show the particular characteristics of blended fluorescent light, large-scale installations, and constructed corridors. The book also includes reproductions of Flavins drawings, which show his thought processes and working methods.

New scholarship and interpretation of Flavins work appears in the form of three critical essays by experts, an extensive chronology, comprehensive bibliography, and exhibition history. In addition, Flavins seminal text “‘. . . in daylight or cool white. an autobiographical sketch,” originally published in Artforum in 1965, is included.

Exquisitely designed and produced, with many new stunning color reproductions, Dan Flavin: A Retrospective captures the brilliance of this artists contribution to and challenges of the art world and will be the authoritative volume on Flavin for years to come.

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