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Dan Flavin (1933-1996)
Dan Flavin (1933-1996)

Untitled (to Eleanor McGovern)

Dan Flavin (1933-1996)
Untitled (to Eleanor McGovern)
blue, pink and yellow fluorescent light
245 cm. high
Executed in 1972, this work is number three from an edition of five, of which only four were executed and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.
M. Govan and T. Bell, Dan Flavin. The complete lights, 1961-1996, New Haven and London 2004, cat.no. 311, p. 311 (illustrated, diagram).
New York, Sidney Janis Gallery and Pace Gallery, Art for McGovern, 20 September 1972 (another from the edition exhibited).
San Francisco, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Dan Flavin, 29 October-30 November 1974 (another from the edition exhibited).
New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, Dan Flavin: colored fluorescent light, 20 March-10 April 1976 (another from the edition exhibited).
Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, American art in Belgium, 25 May-28 August 1977 (illustrated, p. 127).

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Lot Essay

'This work was made for the Art for McGovern campaign in 1972. One of the edition was donated by the artist to raise money for the presedential campaign; another was installed, as a gift, in Eleanor and Senator George McGovern's house in Washington, D.C., in May 1974.'
(M. Govan and T. Bell, Dan Flavin. The complete lights, 1961-1996, New Haven and London 2004, p. 311)

'I knew that the actual space of a room could be broken down and played with by planting illusions of real light (electric light) at crucial junctures in the room's composition. A piece of wall can be visually disintegrated from the whole.'
(Dan Flavin in 1965 quoted in J. Brox, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, London 2010)

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