A pink and yellow fluorescent light sculpture by Dan Flavin, titled alternating pink and "gold", dated 1967.

Dan Flavin

Series and Progressions

David Zwirner is pleased to present Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions, the first exhibition of the artist's work at the gallery since having announced its representation of the Estate of Dan Flavin.

From 1963, when he conceived the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi), a single gold, fluorescent lamp that hangs on a diagonal on the wall–a work which marks the artist's first use of fluorescent light alone, until his death in 1996, Flavin produced a singularly consistent and prodigious body of work that utilized commercially available fluorescent lamps to create installations of light and color.

Curated by Tiffany Bell, this exhibition will examine Flavin's use of progressions and serial structures, ideas that were central to the artist's practice throughout his career. Flavin has been credited with being "one of the first artists to make use of a basically progressional procedure," and the systematic arrangement of color and light fixtures was an aspect of his work that not only led to it being characterized as Minimal art but which moreover influenced Conceptual artistic practices.

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A sculpture in blue fluorescent light by Dan Flavin, titled untitled (to Helga and Carlo, with respect and affection), dated 1974.

Dan Flavin

untitled (to Helga and Carlo, with respect and affection), 1974
blue fluorescent light
modular units, each made with two 4-foot (122 cm) vertical fixtures and three 4-foot (122 cm) horizontal fixtures; length variable
Installation view of the exhibition Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2009.
Installation view of the exhibition Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2009.
Installation view of the exhibition Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2009.
Installation view of the exhibition Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2009.

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