Dan Flavin — An Installation
Past: January 14 → March 3, 2012
Galerie Perrotin presents the exhibition Dan Flavin “An Installation”, in collaboration with L&M Arts, from 14 January to 3 March 2012.
Dan Flavin began making three-dimensional monochromes with mounted or barred fluorescent tubes or light bulbs in 1961 that he referred to as “Icons” even though he contested any mystical or religious reference in his approach.
In a constant dialogue with painting, sculpture and architecture, he inaugurated in 1963 the work “the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi),” an homage to “Endless Column,” comprised of a standard gold fluorescent tube which from then on became his only medium. His installations of infinite combinations transcend Duchampien gestures, radical in essence and minimal in form. Though the artist refused all ecstatic interpretation of his work, he created a sensorial and physical experience with colour and light transformed into matter, introducing the presence of the immaterial.
Born in 1933 in New York, Flavin attended prepatory school for the seminary in Brooklyn. In 1953, he enlisted in the Air Force where he trained as a meteorological technician. While working as a meteorological aide, Flavin began making and collecting art and visiting museums in Washington D.C., and New York. In the late 1950’s, Flavin attended Columbia University and studied Art History. In 1983, The Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, New York, was inaugurated in a converted firehouse. In 1992, he created a monumental work for the reopening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Dan Flavin died in 1996, after having designed his ultimate work, inside the nave and the choir of Milan’s Chiesa Rossa.