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Dan Flavin: Drawing
February 17 through July 1, 2012

Dan Flavin (1933–1996)
eight "monuments" for V. Tatlin, 1968
Ballpoint pen
8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
Collection of Stephen Flavin
© 2012 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photography: Graham S. Haber, 2011

Best known for his fluorescent light installations, Dan Flavin was also an avid draftsman. This first retrospective of his drawings will include over one hundred sheets representing every phase of his career: early abstract expressionist watercolors of the 1950s, studies for light installations, portraits and landscape sketches, and pastels of sailboats from the 1980s. In addition, the exhibition will feature nearly fifty works from Flavin's personal collection of drawings, including nineteenth-century American landscapes by Hudson River School artists, Japanese drawings, and twentieth-century works by artists such as Piet Mondrian, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt.

Dan Flavin: Drawing is organized by Isabelle Dervaux, the Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at The Morgan Library & Museum.

This exhibition is supported by the Ricciardi Family Exhibition Fund, the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and Nancy Schwartz, with additional assistance from The Aaron I. Fleischman Foundation.

Major funding for the catalogue is provided by Lannan Foundation.

In the News:
Everything Is Illuminated: Dan Flavin, Light Sculptor, in Another Medium at the Morgan
The New York Times

Related Programs:

Family program
Glow Play: Sculpting with Light
Saturday, February 25, 2–4 p.m.

Gallery Talk
Dan Flavin: Drawing
Friday, March 2, 7 p.m.

Minimalist Drawing: The 1960s and 1970s
Friday, April 27, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.