Artworks and Artists
Dan Flavin
Born in New York, New York, 01 April 1933
Died in Riverhead, New York, 29 November 1996
Photography: Gretchen Lambert

Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin briefly studied painting at the Hans Hofmann School in New York, and art history at Columbia University (1957-59), where he developed an interest in Oriental art, philosophy, the writings of James Joyce, and western religious thought. His early work consisted mainly of drawings, watercolours, and small paintings with a single found object. It was not until 1962 that he began to experiment with electric light in a series of “icons” and then in 1963 with mass-produced fluorescent light tubes attached directly on the wall or floor to create light installations.