Caroline Jones

  • Dan Flavin

    Exhibited mostly in Europe since his death in 1996, fluorescent maestro Dan Flavin is overdue for a domestic retrospective. The National Gallery is ponying up its east wing for 119 works, from early “icons” to large-scale installations (like a 1972 homage to George McGovern), not to mention seventy-two of Flavin’s delicate, often sentimental drawings.

    Exhibited mostly in Europe since his death in 1996, fluorescent maestro Dan Flavin is overdue for a domestic retrospective. While standing installations of his work exist in Bridgehampton, New York, and Marfa, Texas (where thirty-six thousand square feet of Flavin-colored space debuted in 2000), Flavin deserves the cachet only a big exhibition can provide. The National Gallery is ponying up its east wing for 119 works, from early “icons” to large-scale installations (like a 1972 homage to George McGovern), not to mention seventy-two of Flavin’s delicate, often sentimental drawings. The first