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Dan Flavin, untitled (for Robert, with fond regards), 1977. Pink, yellow, and red fluorescent lights, 96 × 96 × 9 in. (243.8 × 243.8 × 22.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President, the Howard and Jean Lipman Foundation Inc., by exchange, and gift of Peter M. Brant, by exchange  78.57
© 2010 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
In the early 1960s, Dan Flavin started to make sculpture out of ordinary fluorescent light tubes. “It is what it is, and it ain’t nothin’ else,” he once said, refusing to give his work any meaning other than what you see in front of you. In the years that followed, Flavin became known as a Minimalist sculptor. Minimalist artists were interested in making art with simple geometric shapes. They did not believe it was necessary to make their work themselves, and they often had their work produced by fabricators who are experts in industrial production.