“Dan Flavin”

200 minimal and conceptual works acquired by Dusseldorf museums

Dusseldorf’s state museums have acquired over 200 minimal and conceptual works created by artists including Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Sol LeWitt and Gilbert & George, belonging to the collection of gallerists Dorothee and Konrad Fischer for 50 years. Some works were produced specifically for the Fischers. The donation includes the gallery’s archives. Negotiations with Dorothee Fischer began in 2009. The gallerist had refused an offer from the United States, wishing for the collection to find an acquirer located near the gallery. Dorothee Fischer died in 2015 and it was her children who agreed to the contract. The collection is currently on display at the K20 in Dusseldorf, until 8 January...

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Minimalism at the George Economou Collection, Athens

The George Economou Collection, Athens is holding a collective exhibition entitled “Opening the Box: Unpacking Minimalism” which will open on 22 October 2015 and run until April 2016. The exhibition will be curated by Mark Godfrey and will feature works by Dan Flavin, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Roni Horn, Rashid Johnson, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, John McCracken, and Nikolai Mikhailovich Suetin. The exhibition is showing ten works that will expose a more nuanced side to Minimalism by exploring different debates, places and times. It will provide a journey for the viewer through the museum, beginning with an impressive brushed aluminium channel (1978) and early relief (1961) by Donald Judd, a plank (1988) by John McCracken and a painting (1966) by Agnes Martin. It will also feature Dan Flavin’s monument 4 for those who have been killed in ambush (to P. K. who reminded me about death) (1966), a work made from red fluorescent lamps and explicitly evoking the violence of the Vietnam War. Other works on the second floor will also reflect the relationship between Minimalism and history, such as Nikolai Suetin’s Suprematist Composition (1921) and Isa Genzken’s Gelbes Ellipsoid (Yellow Ellipsoid) (1976). The top floor of the exhibition explores the ideological implications of Minimalism as a new artistic discourse addressing loss, desire and identity, with works such as Robert Gober’s The Silent Sink (1984) evoking notions of loss and disease and Roni Horn’s Untitled (Billie), Untitled (Holiday) (2012) conveying the tragic romance of Billie Holiday’s music. The exhibition shows that Minimalism is not merely a blank canvas, but a kaleidoscopic mood board, as it is not quite so universally cool and clean as it supposes to...

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Flavin works at the Dia Art Foundation spark debate

The result of years of planning, a new long term project is to be launched at the New York Dia Art Foundation, investigating the Minimal and Conceptual movements from which the Foundation originated. As part of the project, a 1965 work by Minimalist light artist Dan Flavin from Dia’s collection is to be placed inside a natural limestone cave found in a remote costal area in the south-west of Puerto Rico, a concept initiated by Puerto Rican-based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla; additionally Puerto Rican Light (to Jeanie Blake), a fluorescent light sculpture, will be powered by solar panels placed on the outside of the cave. The work has been met with criticism, with some seeing the initiative as a blatant appropriation of another artist’s work. Calzadilla has described the work as “a dense interweaving of inter-generational art-historical exchange and post-colonial geographical dislocation.” The piece, entitled Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos) will open 21 September 2015 and will be accessible by small group tours. “My role at Dia is to bring validity to both the present and the past…There are people who will undoubtedly see this as a provocation from the perspective of post-colonialism. But I think others will see it as a homage to Flavin and to his evocation of this island”, said Yasmil Raymond, Dia’s...

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Dan Flavin installation at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne

The installation Untitled(to you, Heiner, with admiration and affection), created in 1973 by American artist Dan Flavin, has been on display at the Pinakothek der Moderne de Munich. The installation is on loan from the Dia Art Foundation in New York, as part of a partnership programme with the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, a collection of public art in Bavaria. The work, dedicated to Heiner Friedrich — collector of conceptual art and co-founder of the Dia Art Foundation in 1974 — was displayed in Munich in 2006, as part of the first ever retrospective dedicated to Dan...

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Minimalism at David Zwirner

New York, 22 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA) Until 1 March 2014, David Zwirner Gallery in New York is exhibiting prints by Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and Fred Sandback. The gallery aims to offer a new perspective on Minimalism, which is better known for its three-dimensional pieces. The prints, created between 1961 and 1994, represent a new way in which artists were expressing their concept of space and material, and echo several iconic Minimalist works. The Minimalist movement, built around architect Mies Von der Rohe’s idea of “less is more”, developed during the 1960s as an antithesis to the subjectivity of Abstract Expressionism and the figurative aspect of Pop Art. Minimalist artists explored the notion of perception, creating works that reflected on the space surrounding...

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