Dan Flavin : the complete lights, 1961-1996 / Michael Govan and Tiffany Bell; with an essay by Brydon E. Smith; catalogue of lights by Tiffany Bell with David Gray.

by Govan, MichaelLooking glass; Bell, TiffanyLooking glass; Flavin, Dan, 1933-1996Looking glass; Gray, David, 1965-Looking glass; Smith, BrydonLooking glass; Dia Art FoundationLooking glass.

Publisher: New York : Dia Art Foundation, 2004.Description: 431 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 32cm.ISBN: 0300106335.Subject(s): Flavin, Dan, 1933-1996Looking glass | Installations (Art) -- United StatesLooking glass | Light art -- United StatesNote: Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Dan Flavin: a retrospective,' organized by the Dia Art Foundation in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Including and augmenting the exhibition catalogue on Dan Flavin's art (see opposite page), this remarkable book features a complete catalogue of over 750 of the artist's light works. Presenting all of Flavin's lights together for the first time, this is the only publication to document the artist's entire career. Flavin's art has not been widely reproduced, and this definitive volume includes hundreds of images?featuring exquisite new photography?of well-known pieces as well as many rarely seen and unknown works. Each light work is illustrated by a beautiful color reproduction and/or a graphic diagram. Comprehensive information on each work, including title, date, medium, dimensions, edition, exhibition history, bibliography, and a brief discussion, reveals new insights into the artist's working methods and provides an invaluable resource for students, scholars, dealers, and collectors.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Dan Flavin: a retrospective,' organized by the Dia Art Foundation in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Library Journal Review

Published in conjunction with a current exhibition organized by the Dia Foundation and the National Gallery of Art eight years after Dan Flavin's death, these two titles are the first to present an in-depth examination of the artist's life and work. Flavin was a leader among a generation of artists, beginning in the 1950s, who chose to make art with unconventional materials and methods and to make the site in which art was placed integral to its meaning. Flavin's material was simple industrial fluorescent light. Helping to define Minimalism over a period of 30 years, he produced a body of work of exceptional variety despite an intentionally narrow range of options. Flavin's character, ideas, and relationships with critics, curators, mentors, and colleagues are made vivid in these texts. Both titles include a selected exhibition history, chronology, bibliography, and two interviews with the artist, together with a wry and revealing autobiographical sketch Flavin wrote for Artforum magazine. Scholars will be interested in reviewing the methodology behind The Complete Lights cataloging project--the first phase of an effort to develop a complete catalogue raisonné--detailed in Dan Flavin: The Complete Lights. An overview of Flavin's entire career, Dan Flavin: A Retrospective includes all of the essays appearing in The Complete Lights and is an excellent choice for libraries interested in expanding their contemporary American art collections.--Michael Dashkin, Qualcomm, San Diego (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


This exhibition catalog's primary texts by several writers with long-standing involvements with Dan Flavin and his work offer a wide range of insights into this artist, whose career spanned the last third of the 20th century. Though opposed to being categorized as a minimalist, Flavin was remarkably consistent in his choice of materials. As the texts and illustrations here make clear, literally all of his work was conceived as arrangements of (mostly) fluorescent light fixtures bathing architectural spaces with their colored glow. The essayists convey the kinds of decisions that go into such works, the artist's motivations, and the history of Flavin's career and those who supported it. Given the ephemeral nature of such installation work, the analyses work best when based on firsthand experience (particularly strong in Brydon Smith's essay). Reference to photographic documentation is less convincing when the authors try to make points about visual effects. The usefulness of this volume is greatly enhanced by the full-page color illustrations and the back matter, which includes documentary photographs in a chronology, a selected bibliography, two interviews, and an autobiographical sketch by the artist. The first 200 pages of Dan Flavin: The Complete Lights, 1961-1996 are identical to the simultaneously published exhibition catalog Dan Flavin, A Retrospective. What is remarkable here is the addition of a meticulously researched, 200-plus-page catalogue raisonne, chronologically enumerating all of this artist's works. Each entry is a mini research project in itself: small illustrations, lists of exhibitions and bibliographic citations, notes on fabrication and edition numbers as well as short explanatory texts. Given the off-the-shelf quality of Flavin's hardware, the short-lived duration of many of the installations, and the multiplicity of editions, this provides satisfyingly comprehensive coverage of the entire oeuvre. With rare exceptions (one installation at the former New York Cultural Center in the mid-1970s is not listed), this is the most definitive list possible, with virtually every major and minor object, proposal, and installation included. Although this volume is expensive, the list provides a quantitative resource that can be sorted to draw conclusions about both artistic choices (forms, typologies, titles, etc.) and extra-aesthetic issues such as collecting patterns, patronage, and the myriad ways in which scores of individuals and institutions make up the geography of contemporary art. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Retrospective: Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. Lights: Graduate students through professionals. R. J. Onorato University of Rhode Island

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Tiffany Bell has served as project director of the Dan Flavin catalogue raisonné since 1998; Michael Govan is director of Dia Art Foundation; Earl A. Powell III is director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Brydon Smith is former curator of twentieth-century art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Jeffrey Weiss is head of the department of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.