previews

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

Chicago

Dan Flavin

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

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

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

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.