• Dan Flavin, Untitled, 1970, cool white fluorescent lights, 96 x 31.5 x 1.8 in.

    Dan Flavin

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
    220 East Chicago Avenue
    July 1–October 30, 2005

    Modern Art Museum | Fort Worth
    3200 Darnell Street
    February 25–June 25, 2005

    National Gallery of Art
    Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
    October 3, 2004–January 9, 2005

    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 catalogue raisonné of Flavin’s light works accompanies the show’s monograph.

  • Yang Fudong, Still from _Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, 2003, film.

    Yang Fudong

    The Renaissance Society
    5811 South Ellis Avenue Cobb Hall, 4th floor
    September 26–November 7, 2004

    In the second installment of his ongoing film pentalogy Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Yang Fudong’s latter-day sages forsake the Taoist natural paradise of Yellow Mountain for a seductively quotidian Shanghai apartment complex as they divine their place in an emergent global economy. Premiering in Chicago, the film will be screened alongside part 1 of the series and three other works, among them his 2002 feature film An Estranged Paradise. Taken together, they should offer a sustained panorama of the longings of an artist who is part traditional lyricist evoking the enigmatic subtlety of scroll painting and part auteur following the surreal lead of Jim Jarmusch. Yang’s investigations resonate as a kind of paradise not merely estranged but irremediably lost.