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© Dan Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Title
untitled
Artist
Dan Flavin
Date
1963
Dimensions
8 × 96 × 4 inches
Materials
ultraviolet, blue fluorescent tubes and fixtures
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1986.103
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Harold Field, 1986

object label Dan Flavin, untitled (1963) Walker Art Center, 1999

Electric light is just another instrument. I have no desire to contrive fantasies mediumistically or sociologically over it or beyond it. Future art and the lack of that would surely reduce such squandered speculations to silly trivia anyhow … –Dan Flavin, 1966

By employing generic mass-produced light fixtures in his works, Dan Flavin denies his art any transcendental significance while simultaneously denying those same light fixtures their simple utilitarian function by calling them art. His simplified visual vocabulary is related to the work of contemporaries such as Donald Judd and Carl Andre, who have been labeled Minimalist artists for their reduction of formal devices and their emphasis on serial and rational rather than gestural forms. In Flavin’s case light, rather than form, activates the space.

Label text for Dan Flavin, untitled (1963), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center