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Dan Flavin
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Dan Flavin Image Requests And Reproduction Guidelines

David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin
537 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212 517 8677
Fax: 212 517 8959

Email: flavininfo@davidzwirner.com

Dan Flavin Image Requests
And Reproduction Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the work of Dan Flavin. Please review the following steps for requesting an image and/or permission for reproduction from the Estate of Dan Flavin.

Please note: in order to process your request, you will need to contact both David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin and Artists Rights Society (ARS).

David Zwirner represents the Estate of Dan Flavin and can provide images from the Estate in accordance with the terms hereof. However, David Zwirner does not hold the copyright license for images of the artist’s work. In order to reproduce any images of Dan Flavin, you must obtain the copyright license from Artists Rights Society (ARS) by contacting them directly at:

Artists Rights Society (ARS)
536 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Tel: 212 420 9160

www.arsny.com

Any fees pertaining to the copyright license will be billed directly through Artists Rights Society.

Step 1:

Please request/download and fill out the Image Request/Reproduction Application. Please email, mail, or fax a completed copy to:

David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin
537 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212 517 8677
Fax: 212 517 8959
Email: flavininfo@davidzwirner.com

Step 2:

Please contact ARS to obtain the copyright license for the requested image(s). Once ARS approves your request, they will send you a letter granting the copyright license and an ARS invoice for the licensing fee. Please email, mail, or fax a copy of this ARS paperwork to David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin at the address listed above in order to supplement your application.

Step 3:

Once the copyright license is approved by ARS, and the ARS paperwork is presented to David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin, you will receive a signed copy of the Image Request/Reproduction Application, granting permission for reproduction. Any processing fees* (separate from the ARS licensing fee) due to David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin at this time will be listed on the application.

Step 4:

Payment of any processing fees due to David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin must be received before any requested photographic materials will be released. Payment can be made in the form of a money order, check, bank wire transfer, or credit card to David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin. See “Turn-around Time and Fees” below for further information.

Step 5:

To ensure accuracy in color reproduction, one final proof must be submitted to David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin for comparison with the original before publication. David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin will either advise of any necessary color adjustments or grant approval of the proof.

Step 6:

David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin will receive from the publisher, on publication and without charge, two copies of the publication containing the reproduction.

*Please note: submission of the request does not guarantee David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin’s ability to fulfill the order. In the event that the order cannot be fulfilled, notification will be sent to that effect.

Turn-around Time and Fees:

  • Approximately 2-4 weeks from time of payment, with a non-guaranteed date of delivery.
  • Rush service (approximately 5-10 business days) may be available for a 100% surcharge.
  • 48 hour image delivery may be available at the discretion of David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin for a 200% surcharge.
  • Images are shipped First Class mail (postpaid) unless special delivery is requested and paid for by the user.

*Processing fees are the sum of two fees: permission and production fees (consisting of, but not limited to, transparency production, commission of original photography, lab fees, etc). Fees vary according to the kind of original material copied, the type of copy requested, and the intended use of the copy, and are subject to change. We are pleased to support non-profit organizations with reduced rates. These fees are separate from the licensing fees that ARS may charge.

The approved and signed Image Request/Reproduction Application will also include the total amount due for processing fees, and will serve as an Invoice. Payments can be made by check, money order, credit card, or bank wire transfer. Full payment instructions are listed on the Image Request/Reproduction Application.

If payment is not issued within 30 days of receiving the signed Application/Invoice, permission will be withdrawn and photographic materials will not be supplied. All fees are non-refundable, even if image is not reproduced, and subject to change without notice.

Download Guidelines PDF
Image Reproduction Application

Research and General Inquiries
Conservation and Lamp Replacement

David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin
537 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011

flavininfo@davidzwirner.com

Telephone: 212.517.8677
Fax: 212.517.8659

Sales Inquiries

David Zwirner/The Estate of Dan Flavin
537 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011

Kristine Bell
kristine@davidzwirner.com

Greg Lulay
greg@davidzwirner.com
Telephone: 212.517.8677
Fax: 212.517.8659

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8 ft. (244 cm) high
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"monument" for V. Tatlin

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1964
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DAN FLAVIN

"monument" for V. Tatlin, 1964

cool white fluorescent light
8 ft. (244 cm) high
Edition of 5

From 1963, when he conceived the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi), a single gold, fluorescent lamp installed diagonally on a wall, until his death in 1996, Dan Flavin 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 these light constructions, Flavin was able to establish and redefine space.

Flavin's "monuments" for V. Tatlin, executed between 1964 and 1990, form the most sustained series of works by the artist. These works, of which there exist a total of 50 different simple configurations of primarily cool white fluorescent light, were dedicated by Flavin to the Russian Constructivist Vladimir Tatlin. Like other artists in the 1960s, Flavin appreciated the Russian Constructivists for their quest to express revolutionary social and political attitudes in a language of pure abstraction, which, particularly in Tatlin's case, emphasized the use of real materials (tin, wood, iron, glass, plaster) in three-dimensional space.

On the "monuments," Flavin has remarked: "My concern for the thought of Russian artist-designer, Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), was prompted by the man's frustrated, insistent attitude to attempt to combine artistry and engineering. The pseudo-monuments, structural designs for clear but temporary cool white fluorescent lighting, were to honor the artist ironically." 1

The earliest works in this series were conceived between 1964 and 1968, shortly after Flavin created his diagonal of May 25, 1963, the first work in which the artist exclusively employed fluorescent lamps and fixtures. During this early period, Flavin was to discover the variability of this new medium, working with fluorescent lamps of differing commercially available colors and sizes and playing with different possible configurations.

In their investigation of variations of a simple set of fixed sculptural elements, the "monuments" comprise a quintessential example of the ideas of minimal and conceptual art. In this series, Flavin designed numerous related variations of white fluorescent lights, made up of combinations of eight-, six-, four-, and two-foot tubes. The "monuments" thus embody what the artist himself has described as his goal of working on "a sequence of implicit decisions to combine traditions of painting and sculpture in architecture with acts of electric light defining space." 2

Another edition of the present work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

1 Dan Flavin, "Some artist's remark…," in Monuments for V. Tatlin from Dan Flavin, 1964-1982. Exh. cat. (Chicago: Donald Young Gallery, for Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in collaboration with Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1989), n.p.; reprinted in Michael Govan and Tiffany Bell, Dan Flavin: The Complete Lights 1961-1966. Exh. cat. (New York: Dia Art Foundation, in association with Yale University Press, 2004), p. 112.
2 Dan Flavin, "'…in daylight or cool white.' an autobiographical sketch," first published in Artforum 4, no. 4 (December 1965), pp. 20-24; reprinted in ibid., p. 192

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8 ft. (244 cm) high
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cool white fluorescent light
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Front title 

"monument" for V. Tatlin

Year 
1968

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cool white fluorescent light
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8 ft. (244 cm) high
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"monument" for V. Tatlin

Year 
1964

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8 ft. (244 cm) high
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cool white fluorescent light
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"monument" for V. Tatlin

Year 
1968

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8 ft. (244 cm) square across a corner
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cool white and warm white fluorescent light
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untitled (to Helen Winkler)

Year 
1972

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4 ft. (122 cm) square across a corner
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cool white and daylight fluorescent light
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untitled (to Cy Twombly) 2

Year 
1972

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untitled

Year 
1966

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approx. 14 ft. (427 cm) long
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untitled

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1964

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8 ft. (244 cm) long on the diagonal
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the diagonal of May 25, 1963

Year 
1963

David Zwirner is pleased to present Dan Flavin: in daylight or cool white at its 537 West 20th Street gallery. The exhibition will examine Dan Flavin’s use of different variations of fluorescent white light, focusing on significant works from the 1960s. The title refers to Flavin’s seminal text “‘… in daylight or cool white.’ an autobiographical sketch,” first published in the December 1965 issue of Artforum.

 

Beginning in 1963, when he conceived the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi), a single gold, fluorescent lamp installed diagonally on a wall, until his death in 1996, Flavin produced a singularly consistent and prodigious body of work that utilized fluorescent light to create installations (or “situations,” as he preferred to call them) of light and color.

 

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Dan Flavin
alternate diagonals of March 2, 1964 (to Don Judd), 1964
Daylight and cool white fluorescent light
12 ft. (366 cm) long on the diagonal
Dan Flavin
the nominal three (to William of Ockham), 1963
Daylight fluorescent light
8 ft. (244 cm) high
Location 
Opening reception 
Wednesday, February 21, 6–8 PM

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