Friday, November 27, 2009

Dan Flavin's Flourescent Structures at David Zwirner

Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions 
November 5 - December 19, 2009
David Zwirner, 525 W. 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

David Zwirner is pleased to present Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions, the first exhibition of the artist's work at the gallery since having announced its representation of the Estate of Dan Flavin. From 1963, when he conceived the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi), a single gold, fluorescent lamp that hangs on a diagonal on the wall - a work which marks the artist's first use of fluorescent light alone, until his death in 1996, Flavin produced a singularly consistent and prodigious body of work that utilized commercially-available fluorescent lamps to create installations of light and color.

Curated by Tiffany Bell, this exhibition will examine Flavin's use of progressions and serial structures, ideas that were central to the artist's practice throughout his career. Flavin has been credited with being "one of the first artists to make use of a basically progressional procedure," and the systematic arrangement of color and light fixtures was an aspect of his work that not only led to it being characterized as Minimal art but which moreover influenced Conceptual artistic practices.

Read more on Dan Flavin in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of David Zwirner. Image: (From left to right) untitled (for John Heartfield) 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 1990, red and blue flourescent lights; untitled (to Helga and Carlo, with respect and affection), 1974, blue flourescent light

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