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Dan Flavin (19331996) 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 bookthe first retrospective publication of Flavins art since 1969includes 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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