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Dan Flavin

American  •  1933-1996

Biography

Dan Flavin employed commercially-sold fluorescent light tubes in order to produce what he liked to call "situations" or installations. His minimalist approach transcended simplicity through his use of neon colors and thoughtful compositions. With straight-edged light beams, Flavin would often create dynamic arrangements reminiscent of Fred Sandback's work with yarn.

Insights

  • While employed as a security guard at the Museum of Modern Art, the artist met and befriended Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold and Robert Ryman, all of whom were participants in the Minimalist movement.

  • Flavin studied at Columbia University and lived in Jamaica, New York.

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