Solo exhibition of works by Dan Flavin, one of the most important post-war American artists. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Estate of Dan Flavin; it is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with an essay by Germano Celant.
The American artist Dan Flavin (1933–1996) created installations and sculptural pieces made exclusively of commercial fluorescent light fixtures and tubes that allowed him to explore color, light and sculptural space. On display in the spaces of Cardi Gallery Milan, fourteen sculptures from the late ’60 to the ’90 that showcase four decades of the artist’s research.
In the summer of 1961, while working as a guard at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Flavin started to make sketches for sculptures that incorporated electric lights. Later that year, he translated his sketches into assemblages he called “icons,” which juxtaposed lights onto monochromatic canvases. By 1963, he removed the canvas altogether and began to work with his signature fluorescent tubes; and by 1968, he had developed his sculptures into room-size environments of light. That year, Flavin filled an entire gallery with ultraviolet light at Documenta 4 in Kassel (1968). Dan Flavin emphatically denied that his sculptural light installations had any kind of transcendent, symbolic, or sublime dimension, stating: "It is what it is and it ain't nothing else," and that his works are simply fluorescent light responding to a specific architectural setting. Through the construction of light, Flavin was able to litterally establish and redefine space.