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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Dan Flavin

(1933 - 1996), USA

Dan Flavin was born in New York. In 1953, he enlisted in the Air Force where he trained as a meteorological technician, and in the late 1950's, Flavin attended Columbia University studying Art History. 

Flavin's art is often ascribed to the Minimalist movement, although he never approved of the term. Much of Minimalist aesthetics was shaped by a reaction against Abstract Expressionism. Minimalists wanted to remove suggestions of self-expressionism from the art work, as well as evocations of illusion or transcendence - or, indeed, metaphors of any kind, though as some critics have pointed out, that proved difficult. Unhappy with the modernist emphasis on medium-specificity, the Minimalists also sought to erase distinctions between paintings and sculpture.

Flavin is best known for his Minimalist constructions of color and light. Often using nothing more than a few dozen fluorescent bulbs for his work. His light installations altered the physical exhibition space, and were designed as experiential art rather than visual art. Large-scale works were a focus of Flavin's later career, with site-specific lights commissioned for such spaces as the rotunda at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and a converted church in Bridgehampton, New York, which was established in 1983 as the Dan Flavin Art Institute. Dan Flavin died in 1996 in Riverhead, New York.

Featured Artworks

untitled (to the real Dan Hill) 1a by Dan Flavin contemporary artwork Dan Flavinuntitled (to the real Dan Hill) 1a, 1978 Pink, yellow, green, and blue fluorescent light
David Zwirner
For one walled circular fluorescent light (to Heiner Friedrich) by Dan Flavin contemporary artwork Dan FlavinFor one walled circular fluorescent light (to Heiner Friedrich), 1974 Set of five signed, titled and dated lithographs each annotated 'another of 35' with linen-covered portfolio and printed text
22 1/8 x 30 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Untitled (to Véronique) by Dan Flavin contemporary artwork Dan FlavinUntitled (to Véronique), 1987 Red, yellow, blue and green fluorescent light
Waddington Custot

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flavin, Judd, McCracken, Sandback at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
15 November–21 December 2018 Group Exhibition Flavin, Judd, McCracken, Sandback David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Dan Flavin, Fluorescent Light 1964-1995 at PKM Gallery, Seoul
4 September–31 October 2018 Dan Flavin Fluorescent Light 1964-1995 PKM Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Dan Flavin, in daylight or cool white at David Zwirner, New York
21 February–14 April 2018 Dan Flavin in daylight or cool white David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York

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Basel Tov! Art Basel 2015 Ocula Report Basel Tov! Art Basel 2015 10 Jul 2015 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

Another month, another art fair. With over 200 fairs held every year, I feel like a hamster stuck on an ever-spinning wheel. I just can’t seem to hop off, and after several years of this it has all become a bit of a blur. There isn’t a city to be visited that hasn’t already created its own art fair or biennale; there’s...

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In Related Press

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Contemplating perfection and imperfection at Dia:Beacon Related Press Contemplating perfection and imperfection at Dia:Beacon Hyperallergic : 18 July 2016

A visit last weekend to Dia:Beacon, the vast repository of Minimalist art on the east bank of the Hudson River, brought home once more the complexities and contradictions of a movement whose goal was to be as plain as the nose on your face.It also underscored the ways in which reductivism — whose puritanical bent has been frequently...

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Sharjah’s 'Light Show' sees light in a different dimension Related Press Sharjah’s 'Light Show' sees light in a different dimension The National : 24 September 2015

A world-class art exhibition, spanning five decades of works, is an illuminating experience for visitors in Sharjah. Light Show, at Sharjah Art Foundation which runs until December 5, presents light used in sculptures, as installation, as pure colour and even as optical illusion.Light Show is a travelling exhibition that began in London’s...

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8 Artist Haunts of Long Island and the Hamptons Related Press 8 Artist Haunts of Long Island and the Hamptons Paddle 8 : 28 July 2015

Malcolm Gladwell claims that "you can learn as much–or more–from one glance at a private space as you can from hours of exposure to a public face.” If the walls of these coastal homes could talk, we would be endlessly entertained with stories from the private lives of art power couples, from Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner to...

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Preview of Sp-Arte 2015 Related Press Preview of Sp-Arte 2015 Art News : 8 April 2015

The 11th edition of the SP-Arte fair opens April 9 in São Paulo, with a VIP preview on April 8. The fair will include 159 galleries from around the world, including blue-chip outfits like David Zwirner, Gagosian, and White Cube, and a solid helping of Brazilian galleries. Below, a look at the works they will offer at the fair, which are by artists...

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