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.