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Flavin Estate Lifts Ban on Posthumous Editions

The Dan Flavin Estate has lifted its ban on the posthumous production of more than one thousand of the artist’s unrealized fluorescent light sculptures, reports Julia Halperin of the Art Newspaper. According to Stephen Flavin, the artist’s son and executor of the estate, two factors contributed to the decision to lift the restriction: renewed public interest in the artist’s work after the 2004 retrospective at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the dissolution of a plan for a permanent exhibition space in a museum dedicated to Flavin in New York. If produced, the works could be worth upwards of tens of millions of dollars, though it is unclear if the new policy is in keeping with the artist’s wishes. “I would like to leave a will and testament to declare everything void at my death,” said Flavin in 1982, “and it’s not unrealistic.” His son though iterates that the artist did not address posthumous editions in his will.

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