Dan Flavin “The Essence of Art”

Dan Flavin Untitled (to Jan and Ron Greenberg) 1972–73

Dan Flavin Untitled (to Jan and Ron Greenberg) 1972–73

Beginning in 1963, Flavin adopted commercially available fluorescent light as the primary medium for his art. Notably, he preferred standardized, utilitarian fluorescent light to custom-designed, showy neon. He confined himself to a limited palette (red, blue, green, pink, yellow, ultraviolet, and four different whites) and form (straight two-, four-, six-, and eight-foot tubes, and, beginning in 1972, circles). Within this restricted visual vocabulary he began a decades-long investigation into the behavior of light.

“…not simplifying objects for their own sake but reconsidering ideas about sculpture to get to the essence of art.”

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