the diagonal of May 25

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  • Exhibited

    New York, Heiner Friedrich, Inc., Dan Flavin, April 1976 (another example exhibited)
    Annandale-on-Hudson, Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College, The Maximal Implications of the Minimal Line, March 24 – April 28, 1985, p. 86 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    P. Tuchman, The Maximal Implications of the Minimal Line, New York, 1985, p. 86 (illustrated)
    T. Bell and M. Govan, Dan Flavin The Complete Lights 1961 – 1996, New York, 2004, no. 18, p. 219 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Sound becomes dulled until the only noise heard is the vibration of the gas in the electrified tubes. The … position at eye level gives the object the status of reference point within the now indefinite atmosphere of the room. The fluorescent tube and the wall thus become a single new entity. There is a sense of absoluteness in the experience of Flavin’s work and, at times, a violence in the radically dislocated space.” (D. Marzon, Miniimal Art, Cologne, 2004, p. 50)

  • Artist Bio

    Dan Flavin

    American • 1933 - 1996

    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.

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the diagonal of May 25

1963
Blue fluorescent light.
96 in. (243.8 cm).
This work is from an edition of three and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Estimate
$400,000 - 600,000 

sold for $632,000

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York