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"Dan Flavin: The Architecture of Light"
1999-11-06 until 2000-02-06
At the forefront of a generation of artists working with new media in the 1960s, Dan Flavin was recognized for his pioneering use of light and color divorced from traditional artistic contexts. Employing only commercial fluorescent lights, Flavin devised a radical new art form that circumvented the limits imposed by frames, pedestals, and other conventional means of display. This exhibition, drawn from the Guggenheims extensive holdings of the artists work, will present a selection of key works that exemplify the concerns with light and architecture that occupied the artist throughout his prolific career.
In the early 1960s, Flavin began experimenting with fluorescent lights in combination with simple wooden constructions, which he quickly abandoned in favor of the unadorned fixture. Having embraced the industrial fluorescent light as an aesthetic object, Flavin began to use them in combination and in relationship to the existing architecture, creating sensory spaces awash in light and color. Dan Flavin: The Architecture of Light begins with his earliest single fixture compositions, and highlights seminal pieces from a twenty-five year period that underscore the transformative effects of luminous color upon the architectural environment.