Dan Flavin

Untitled (to Rainer) 3, 1987; Untitled (for Eric Zetterquist), 1990

Untitled (to Rainer) 3, 1987

Untitled (for Eric Zetterquist), 1990


Everything is clearly, openly, plainly delivered. There is no hidden psychology, no overwhelming spirituality you are supposed to come into contact with. I like my use of light to be openly situational in the sense that there is no invitation to meditate, to contemplate. It's in a sense a 'get-in-get-out' situation. And it is very easy to understand. One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do. And it is, as I said, as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find.


Dan Flavin (from: it is what it is. Writings on Dan Flavin since 1964, ed. by Paula Feldman and Karsten Schubert, London 2004.)


Born 1933 in New York

Minimalist artist, whose light installations made him well-known worldwide.

His work was exhibited at the Documenta in Kassel in 1968 and 1977.

Died 1996 in New York.


Geb. 1933 in New York

Künstler des Minimalismus, der insbesondere auf Grund seiner Lichtinstallationen weltweite Bekanntheit erlangte. Stellte 1968 und 1977 auf der documenta in Kassel aus.

Gest. 1996 in New York