Dan Flavin: Drawing
With texts by Tiffany Bell, Isabelle Dervaux, and Jennifer Raab
This publication documents the first retrospective of the artist’s drawings, which was held at The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, in 2012 (it then traveled to the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, in 2012-2013). The catalogue explores the central role that drawing played in Flavin’s practice, and includes essays by exhibition curator Isabelle Dervaux, noted Flavin scholar Tiffany Bell, and art historian Jennifer Raab. Excerpts from Flavin’s journal, in which he writes about his relationship to drawing, are published here for the first time. This richly illustrated catalogue features over 190 plates, including selections from the artist’s personal collection of nineteenth-century Japanese drawings, Hudson River School landscape studies, and drawings by other twentieth-century artists, from Piet Mondrian to Donald Judd.
Publisher: The Morgan Library & Museum
Artists: Dan Flavin
Contributors: Tiffany Bell, Isabelle Dervaux, Jennifer Raab
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 11 1/4 in (24.8 x 28.6 cm)
Reproductions: Illustrated throughout
From 1963, when he conceived the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi), a single gold, fluorescent lamp that is installed on a diagonal on the wall—a work which marks the artist’s first use of fluorescent light alone, until his death in 1996, Dan Flavin (1933-1996) produced a singularly consistent and prodigious body of work that utilized commercially-available fluorescent lamps to create installations, or “situations” as he preferred to call them, of light and color. Through the construction of light, Flavin was able to literally establish and redefine space.