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DAN FLAVIN: Illuminatur

Exhibition: Dan Flavin “An Installation”
Opening: January 14, 4-9pm
Dates On View: Jan 14 – Mar 3, 2012
Location: Galerie Perrotin, 76 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris

Words: Aimstar
Images: © Dan Flavin; Courtesy of David Zwirner, NY and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

While the festival of lights may be over for some, Galerie Perrotin in Paris posthumously celebrates the work of Dan Flavin with their exhibit, An Installation.

While An Installation is not a complete retrospective like the National Gallery of Art’s 2004 exhibit that featured the late artist’s full body of work prior to his passing in 1996, it is a meaty one consisting of eight light sculptures created by Flavin between 1963 and 1990 that render light in the most emotive of ways. That was the point, some may say of the Queens, NY-bred artist whose work is, yes, simple and minimalist at best—all that is primarily required to install Flavin’s work are outlets and fluorescent lights in varying colors— yet his work remain utterly charming.

Upon viewing any of Flavin’s pieces that will be featured in Galerie Perrotin’s exhibit that opens later this week, expect to be manipulated by lights against white backdrops, which will force you to share in the experience of what the artist felt about his subject, without the use of a single image (most often his works are labeled untitled, followed by the only identifier: his direct address to a particular person). Included in the special exhibit are “Four Red Horizontal (to Sonja)” 1963, “Monument” for V. Tatlin” 1967, “Untilted” 1975, “Untitled (to Ksenija)” 1985, “Untitled (to Don Judd, colorist) 9” 1987 “Untitled (to Charlotte)” 1987, “Untitled (for John Heartfield) 3a” 1990; and three drawings preparatory installations entitled “For the Citizens of the Republic of France on the 200th Anniversary of Their Revolution” 1989, to name a few.

Dan Flavin: An Installation will be on view beginning Saturday January 14th at Galerie Perrotin, until March 3rd, 2012.

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