Dan Flavin's career-long exploration of an art of light, situated outside the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture, established him as a progenitor and chief exponent of minimalism. Though Flavin (1933-1996) is one of the most important and influential artists of the late 20th century, this exhibition will be the first comprehensive retrospective of his work. It is the culmination of a major scholarly research effort, which includes the publication of the catalogue raisonnÃ© of Flavin's "complete lights."
The exhibition will feature 44 works representing the artist's use of fluorescent light. These range from the simple to the complex, including six large-scale installations that articulate architectural space. the show will include the artist's early "icons," his celebrated series of "monuments" to V. Tatlin, corner pieces, and works that take the form of corridors and free-standing "barriers." Several galleries will be especially designed for installation pieces, which will demonstrate the expanding scale of Flavin's work. In addition, sketches, drawings, and early collage-constructions will reveal the development of Flavin's ideas and working process.
Organization: The exhibition was organized by Dia Art Foundation, New York, in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Sponsor: The national tour is sponsored by Altria Group.
The exhibition at the National Gallery of Art is made possible through the generous support of Lehman-Smith + McLeish.
Additional support for the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue was provided by Lannan Foundation.
Research for the exhibition and publication was supported by The Henry Luce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
East Building, Upper Level, North Bridge and Mezzanine
National Gallery of Art
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, DC 20565