Dan Flavin

untitled
1964

Not on view

Dan Flavin employed commercially sourced fluorescent light fixtures to create sculptures and installations, transforming the incandescence of light into the physical subject of his work. In adopting common materials devoid of rarified or precious components, Flavin’s sculptures suggested an ethos of the everyday and a critique of the work of art’s status as a luxury item. At the same time, these works are reliant upon the gallery or exhibiting institution in rather direct ways: they depend on electricity, which operates, in turn, only in conjunction with the surrounding elements—the tubes, the wiring, the wall, the room. In Untitled, six identical white fluorescent tubes are balanced against a seventh, double their length. The abstract, architectural tension of the arrangement produces an almost religious, elegiac rhythm, casting light into the surrounding space and onto people and other nearby works.

Artist
Dan Flavin

Title
untitled

Date
1964

Classification
Sculpture

Medium
Cool white fluorescent lights

Dimensions
Overall: 96 1/16 × 20 15/16 × 3 7/8 in. (244 × 53.2 × 9.8 cm)

Edition information
1/1

Accession number
71.214

Credit line
Gift of Howard and Jean Lipman

Rights and reproductions information
© artist or artist’s estate



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