new-york

Dan Flavin

John Weber Gallery

The announcement for Dan Flavin’s show at Weber reads accurately, “more circular fluorescent light, etc.,” though how many “more” depends on how the counting is done. The circular fluorescent light referred to, Untitled (In Memory of Barbara Schiller) 1, consists of two horizontal rows of circular lights, each at eye level, and spanning the length of opposite walls of the large front room at Weber. In a sense, the rows of lights measure the walls they occupy. The larger span of lights consists of 23 cool and 23 warm white lights, and 11 of each kind form the smaller row on the opposite wall. In both cases, the cool lights form the left half of the horizontal row. One aspect of the physical situation that is immediately apparent is that the lights occupy the only available wall space in that enormous room; the rest is all doors and windows. Flavin’s new work is something like Richard Serra’s

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