Dan Flavin | Donald Judd - Exhibition view, 2013 © Galería Elvira González

Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin. April, 1966. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah

Jamaica, New York, 1933 - Riverhead, New York, 1996
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I like art as thought better than art as work (…). It’s a declaration: art is thought.

Dan Flavin was a self-taught artist known for his light installations and for being one of the pioneers of the minimalist movement.

His light sculptures are the result of a rigorous formal and conceptual investigation of light and color, which transform the atmosphere of the spaces where they are installed through the optical effects that arise by combining white or colored fluorescent tubes of different intensities, which are adjusted depending on the size, quantity and arrangement.

Throughout his career, Flavin’s ultimate ambition was to offer sensory experiences of space by transforming and enriching them through simple interactions of light. He died in 1996 in New York, leaving behind a legacy he considered less “doing” and more “thinking”.

Works

Dan Flavin, Untitled (to Annemarie and Gianfranco) 4, 1989
244 x 41 x 13 cm | 96 x 41 x 5 in
Pink, yellow and green fluorescent light

Dan Flavin, Untitled (to Annemarie and Gianfranco) 4, 1989
244 x 41 x 13 cm | 96 x 41 x 5 in
Pink, yellow and green fluorescent light