Monday, August 17, 2015

Dan Flavin constructs ‘Icons’ to bring limited light to the world

By Jane L. Levere
"Icon V" (1962) by Dan Flavin. Collection of Stephen Flavin
NEW YORK---Five pieces known as icons, which served as a bridge between Mr. Flavin’s first paintings and drawings and his later work in fluorescent light, for which he is most famous, are on display through April 30, 2017, at the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, an outpost of the Dia Art Foundation. “My icons differ from a Byzantine Christ held in majesty; they are dumb — anonymous and inglorious,” he wrote. “My icons do not raise up the blessed savior in elaborate cathedrals. They are constricted concentrations celebrating barren rooms. They bring a limited light.” [link]

DIA Art Foundation: "Dan Flavin: Icons” Corwith Avenue off Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY (Ends April 30, 2017); (631)537-1476;
The Dan Flavin Art Institute was built in the former First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton. Credit Heather Walsh for The New York Times
"Untitled" (1966-71) by Dan Flavin. Blue fluorescent light