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Dan Flavin is best recognized for his medium: fluorescent light. He became known in the early '60s in New York when Minimalism emerged and he is often identified as such. Flavin's piece is dedicated to the artist, Barnett Newman, who was Flavin's friend. This installation should be installed in a corner of a room. The work is dated 1970, which is the year Newman passed away and is intended as a memorial. Two parallel and identical yellow lights placed horizontally reach from one side of the wall to the other. Vertical blue lights complete a square. Furthermore, red lights located directly behind the structure reach towards the gallery's ceilings. The stronger hues are balanced in the red lights' extension. The title specifically refers to a series of paintings by Newman entitled Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue.
© Stephen Flavin c/o Pictoright Amsterdam/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam




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313 x 244 x 130cm.


fluorescent light and fixtures

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BA 2723