Dan Flavin

1933 - 1996

Born in Moscow (RU), based in Moscow (RU), born in New York (), died in New York ().

Dan Flavin is a fundamental figure of Minimal Art, famous for constellations of standard-issue neon lamps, usually Untitled (but dedicated in brackets to artists, critics or friends). Opulent and deliberately transitory, his light pieces are now expensive commodities whose owners struggle to prolong the lifespan of obsolete strips or bulbs. Flavin said: ‘These “monuments” only survive as long as the light system is useful, 2100 hours.’ The exhibited corner piece subtly subverts our understanding of light, space and how they affect each other, making a ‘new space’ emerge and emphasising how a predictable method can yield unpredictable results.

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