Dan Flavin: A Retrospective

Art of the Americas Building, Level 2
May 13, 2007–August 12, 2007

This is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to minimalist artist Dan Flavin's full career. Organized by Dia Art Foundation in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and co-curated by Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, and Tiffany Bell, Director of the Dan Flavin catalogue raisonné, the exhibition features more than forty of Flavin's seminal fluorescent light works. Also presented is a special reconstruction of the corridors made for the E.F. Hauserman Co. showroom, formerly located at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. This will be the final destination of a multi-venue tour.

"Perhaps because Flavin is known so well as one of the founders of minimalism, his work has rarely been considered in all of its breadth and innovation before this retrospective," said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. "Flavin was one of the inventors of what we now know as 'installation art' and his groundbreaking use of color and light in architecture has been emulated not only in art, but in design and architecture. I count him among the most important figures in twentieth century art." 

Remembering Dan Flavin | Exhibition Slideshow | Essay by Michael Govan | In the Press

Dan Flavin: A Retrospective is organized by Dia Art Foundation in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington. 
The exhibition and accompanying publications are made possible in part by The Henry Luce Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Lannan Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Los Angeles presentation is sponsored by Lexus and supported in part by the Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation.

Image: Untitled (to the "innovator" of Wheeling Peachblow) 1966-68, daylight, yellow, and pink florescent light, 8 ft. square across a corner, © Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.