St. Louis

Dan Flavin

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

It appears we are in the midst of a Dan Flavin renaissance. In recent years, his work has seen a host of exhibitions around the world, including, most notably, a comprehensive retrospective organized by the Dia Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Art and accompanied by a catalogue raisonné. Coming on the heels of that survey, whose extensive tour ended last year, “Dan Flavin: Constructed Light” might have gotten a little lost. It shouldn’t have. Although modest in size (consisting of seventeen works, ten of them undergoing color changes halfway through the exhibition’s run), “Constructed Light” proved one of the most revealing of the artist’s shows to date.

Flavin’s light installations are site-specific in the most general sense (he called them “situational”), their qualities varying according to the space in which they appear. More often than not, however, their architectural context

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