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Untitled Document

     Dan Flavin
      Three fluorescent light sculptures
      Feb 9 - Mar 28, 2006

      location: Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia Street - London


      opening: Thursday, February 9th, 6 - 8pm =20

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      Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of three
fluore=
scent light sculptures by Dan Flavin (1933-1996). Initially shown
together =
in Zurich in 1969, the year of their execution, each artwork consists of
a =
single line of fluorescent light suspended across a corner of the gallery
s=
pace. Muted yet vibrant tones radiate along the gallery walls producing
sim=
ple, beautiful patterns of blues, yellows, greens and the occasional
pink.
      For Flavin, the ordinary fluorescent light bulb provided for formal
r=
epetition from one work to the next. Transgressing the traditional media
of=
 painting and sculpture, the majority of Flavin's work involves
exploration=
 of the limits of space and light through the manipulation of both.
Flavin'=
s works encompass the visible yet massless light waves splashed over
white =
walls as well as the light bulbs themselves. Through his use of the
fluores=
cent light tube - a widely available industrially produced material -
Flavi=
n helped direct the course of art in the 1960s and 1970s toward the
elimina=
tion of the artist's hand. Shrugging off labels such as "minimalism,"
Flavi=
n described his works as "sculptural proposals" and so developed a unique
a=
bstract language of illumination that he continued to employ until his
deat=
h. Dan Flavin's work is in the collections of numerous museums worldwide
an=
d a retrospective of his work is currently on view at the Hayward Gallery
i=
n London.



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