David Zwirner

Dan Flavin

05 Nov - 19 Dec 2009

© 2009 Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; courtesy of David Zwirner, New York.
“Series and Progressions”

November 5 – December 19, 2009

(New York – September 18, 2009) David Zwirner is pleased to announce that the gallery now represents the Estate of Dan Flavin. This marks the first time the Estate has had formal worldwide representation.

David Zwirner will mark its representation of the Estate with the exhibition, Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions, opening in November 2009, and a new website (www.davidzwirner.com/danflavin) to launch on September 18, 2009. This on-line presence for the artist, available for the first time, features an illustrated history of Flavin’s life and work, solo and group exhibitions, publications, as well as other information. Steidl/David Zwirner will also publish a fully-illustrated monograph of the artist’s work.
Dan Flavin (1933–1996) was an American Minimalist artist recognized for his pioneering installations of light and color made from commercially available fluorescent lights. During his life, he was represented primarily by the Green Gallery, Kornblee Gallery, Dwan Gallery, John Weber Gallery, Leo Castelli Gallery, and PaceWildenstein. His work was also widely exhibited in other American and international galleries. In the late 1970s, he began a partnership with the Dia Art Foundation that resulted in the making of several permanent site-specific installations and led most recently to the organization of the traveling exhibition, Dan Flavin: A Retrospective (2004–2007). Zwirner’s relationship with the Estate began when Dan Flavin: the 1964 Green Gallery exhibition, a recreation of Flavin’s legendary show, was mounted at Zwirner & Wirth in 2008.
Flavin’s first solo exhibitions were held at the Judson Gallery in 1961 and the Green Gallery in 1964, both in New York. His first European exhibition was in 1966 at Galerie Rudolf Zwirner in Cologne, Germany; and in 1969, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, organized his first major museum retrospective. His work was included in a number of key early exhibitions of Minimal art in the 1960s, among them Black, White, and Gray (Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1964); Primary Structures (The Jewish Museum, New York, 1966); and Minimal Art (Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, 1968). Flavin’s work would continue to be presented internationally over the course of the pursuant decades, at such venues as the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri (1973); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Museum Boymans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (both 1975); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1986); among others.
Flavin’s installation for the 1992 re-opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was an expansion upon the 1971 work he created for the same venue (for the Sixth Guggenheim International).
The recent major museum retrospective devoted to Flavin’s work was organized, in cooperation with the Estate of Dan Flavin, by the Dia Art Foundation in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., where it was first on view in 2004. The exhibition traveled from 2005 to 2007 to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois; Hayward Gallery, London, England; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California. This first comprehensive, posthumous retrospective of the artist's work was the culmination of a research effort that included the publication of the catalogue raisonné of Flavin’s work authored by Tiffany Bell.
Flavin’s work is included in major museum collections, and was most recently on view at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, in the 2008 solo exhibition, Dan Flavin: Constructed Light.
A major permanent installation of the artist’s work can be found in Marfa, Texas. This large-scale work in colored fluorescent light is installed in six buildings at the Chinati Foundation. Initiated in the early 1980s, the final plans were not completed until 1996, and the work was inaugurated in October 2000. Another long-term installation can be seen in Bridgehampton, New York, where in 1983 Flavin began renovating a former firehouse and church to permanently house several of his works and to serve as an exhibition space and printmaking facility for local artists. The building was named the Dan Flavin Art Institute, and is maintained by the Dia Art Foundation.
David Zwirner opened his first gallery in New York in 1993, and since then he has represented artists in both the primary and secondary markets. Zwirner has maintained long-term representation of such artists as Stan Douglas, Marcel Dzama, On Kawara, John McCracken, Raymond Pettibon, Neo Rauch, Jason Rhoades, Thomas Ruff, Diana Thater, and Luc Tuymans. In recent years, many artists have joined the gallery, including Tomma Abts, Francis Alÿs, Robert Crumb, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Marlene Dumas, Suzan Frecon, Chris Ofili, James Welling, and Lisa Yuskavage.
Zwirner has represented the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark for over a decade, and more recently began representing the Estates of Alice Neel, Fred Sandback, and Al Taylor.
From 2000 to 2009, Zwirner was a partner with Iwan Wirth in Zwirner & Wirth, a gallery located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan (32 East 69th Street). The collaboration yielded a series of extraordinary, critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Gerhard Richter: Early Paintings (2000); Bruce Nauman (2001); Martin Kippenberger (2002); Cy Twombly
Letter of Resignation (2002/2003); Fred Sandback (2004, 2006/2007, and 2009); Marlene Dumas (2005); Claes Oldenburg: Early Work (2005); David Hammons (2006); Joseph Beuys: Sculpture and Drawing (2007); and Dan Flavin: the 1964 Green Gallery exhibition (2008). In the secondary market, Zwirner continues the lineage of presenting historically researched exhibitions and publications devoted to the work of modern and contemporary masters.
For further information, please contact Kristine Bell at 212.517.8677 or kristine@davidzwirner.com.
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