Museum Folkwang
Untitled (to Jean-Christophe)
  • Dan Flavin
  • Untitled (to Jean-Christophe), 1970

  • pink, green, blue and red fluorescent light,
  • 124 x 32 cm
  • Acquired in 1997 with the support of the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
  • Inv. P 256
  • CommentaryWith his light installations, Dan Flavin radically streamlined the production of his artwork starting in 1961. The colorful tubes form strips of pink, green, blue, and red while their blended light simultaneously enlivens the wall and the surrounding space. The artist quickly subverted the noble impression that easily arose in his light installations by using simple neon lamps. This was a modern, quotidian light. Flavin purposefully chose lamps that could be purchased in any New York supermarket at the time, lights that might be found in any office or snack bar in the city. He thus tried to avoid any form of subjective expression and also the stylization of himself personally as a heroic artist figure. Here, the implementation of a mass-produced article served to mirror the industrial present—a motif that was very important to Minimal artists.
  • ProvenanceKünstler
    1997, Galerie Borgemeister, Berlin
    1997, Kauf bei Borgemeister, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 8,458
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 188
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Skulpturensammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Untitled (to Jean-Christophe)
  • Obj_Title2_S:
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Untitled (to Jean-Christophe) Untitled (to Jean-Christophe) Ohne Titel (für Jean-Christophe)
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1970
  • Jahr von: 1,970
  • Jahr bis: 1,970
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: P 256
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: P 0256
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Sculpture
  • Obj_Crate_S: 124 x 32 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: pink, green, blue and red fluorescent light,
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): pink, green, blue and red fluorescent light,
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1997 with the support of the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Estate of Dan Flavin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
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With his light installations, Dan Flavin radically streamlined the production of his artwork starting in 1961. The colorful tubes form strips of pink, green, blue, and red while their blended light simultaneously enlivens the wall and the surrounding space. The artist quickly subverted the noble impression that easily arose in his light installations by using simple neon lamps. This was a modern, quotidian light. Flavin purposefully chose lamps that could be purchased in any New York supermarket at the time, lights that might be found in any office or snack bar in the city. He thus tried to avoid any form of subjective expression and also the stylization of himself personally as a heroic artist figure. Here, the implementation of a mass-produced article served to mirror the industrial present—a motif that was very important to Minimal artists.