Dan Flavin: New Light
Jeffrey WeissISBN: 0300114095; 9780300114096;
In making light his primary medium, Dan Flavin (1933–1996) established himself as one of the most innovative and significant artists of the minimalist movement. A new generation encountered Flavin’s work through the critically acclaimed exhibition Dan Flavin: A Retrospective , which opened in October 2004 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Dan Flavin: New Light includes essays that respond to this exhibition and to the renewed interest in Flavin’s work and its place in 20th-century art. In this volume, six leading scholars of contemporary art consider the ambiguities and multiple resonances of Flavin’s light works. Each addresses the ontological complexity of the work––object-based, yet “situational,” and painterly in its deployment of colored light––within the insistently sculptural world of minimalism. The book’s contributors interpret this tension...