Dan Flavin - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “Dan Flavin’s light installations may be the closest thing we have to a contemporary sublime. The apparent simplicity of these industrial, fluorescent light fixtures belies their ability to swallow us in ethereal fields of color.”
    —Michael Auping  

    • Provenance

      Texas Gallery, Houston
      Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
      Private Collection, San Francisco
      Christie's, New York, May 15, 2002, lot 349
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Houston, Texas Gallery, Dan Flavin Untitled (for Ad Reinhardt) 1990 Themes & Variations, April 3–May 19, 1990
      Santa Monica, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Dan Flavin, December 1990–January 1991, p. 5 (illustrated)
      Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Dan Flavin: A Retrospective, October 3, 2004–October 30, 2005, fig. 81, pp. 95, 201 (illustrated, p. 95)

    • Literature

      Michael Govan and Tiffany Bell, Dan Flavin: The Complete Lights 1961-1996, New York, 2004, fig. 81, no. 563, pp. 95, 379 (illustrated)

    • Artist Biography

      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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untitled (for Ad Reinhardt) 1b

blue, yellow, pink, red and green fluorescent light
96 x 10 1/2 x 24 in. (243.8 x 26.7 x 61 cm)
Executed in 1990, this work is number 1 from an edition of 5 from which only one was fabricated and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Full Cataloguing

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $152,400

Contact Specialist

Annie Dolan

Specialist, Head of Sale, Morning Session
+1 212 940 1288

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2023