ARTIST ROOMS Dan Flavin – Dumfries
Gracefield Art Centre: Display
16 August – 15 November 2014

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Dan Flavin, '`Monument' for V. Tatlin' 1966-9
Dan Flavin
`Monument' for V. Tatlin 1966-9
Mixed media
object: 3054 x 584 x 89 mm
Purchased 1971© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

Gracefield Art Centre is the first ARTIST ROOMS Associate to present works by the minimalist artist Dan Flavin. The exhibition includes untitled (to Don Judd, colorist) 1 5 1987 and a group of four ‘monument’ to V. Tatlin sculptures, some of the most iconic works of Minimalism.

Sculptor Dan Flavin (1933–1996) lived and worked in New York City and Long Island, NY and was one of the main artists associated with Minimalism. These works are some of the most iconic of Minimalism and show the key aspects of Flavin’s practice: his decision to restrict his materials to commercially available fluorescent tubes in different sizes and colours, his dedication to working in series and to a serial arrangements of tubes, and finally his interest in dedicating his works through their titles to other artists. Dan Flavin’s works are shown in Gallery 1 – Rooms 1 and 3, and Gallery 2.

Alongside this exhibition is ‘Colour and Light: Selected Works from the Gracefield Permanent Collection’. This specially chosen show aims to highlight artists’ use of light in all genres of painting and printmaking featuring artists from the 1880s to the present day. Highlights include Alan Davie and Elizabeth Blackadder’s scintillating use of colour, and Glasgow boy, George Henry’s beautiful skies in watercolour and oil.