Dan Flavin

The Complete Lights, 1961–1996

Michael Govan and Tiffany Bell; With an essay by Brydon E. Smith; Preface by Michael Govan; Catalogue of Lights by Tiffany Bell with David Gray; Foreword by Leonard Riggio

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September 10, 2004
432 pages, 9 3/4 x 11 3/4
65 b/w + 515 color illus. + 658 color diagrams
ISBN: 9780300106336

Published in association with Dia Art Foundation

Including and augmenting the exhibition catalogue on Dan Flavin’s art (see opposite page), this remarkable book features a complete catalogue of over 750 of the artist’s light works. Presenting all of Flavin’s lights together for the first time, this is the only publication to document the artist’s entire career. Flavin’s art has not been widely reproduced, and this definitive volume includes hundreds of images—featuring exquisite new photography—of well-known pieces as well as many rarely seen and unknown works. Each light work is illustrated by a beautiful color reproduction and/or a graphic diagram. Comprehensive information on each work, including title, date, medium, dimensions, edition, exhibition history, bibliography, and a brief discussion, reveals new insights into the artist’s working methods and provides an invaluable resource for students, scholars, dealers, and collectors.

Tiffany Bell has served as project director of the Dan Flavin catalogue raisonné since 1998; Michael Govan is director of Dia Art Foundation; Earl A. Powell III is director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Brydon Smith is former curator of twentieth-century art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Jeffrey Weiss is head of the department of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Hayward Gallery, London (January 19 – April 2, 2006)

Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris (June 9 – October 8, 2006)

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (November 15, 2006 – March 4, 2007)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (May 13 – August 12, 2007)

“Generously illustrated. . . . A catalogue raisonné of all the light works.”—Marcia E. Vetrocq, Art in America

"This exhibition catalog’s primary texts by several writers with long-standing involvement with Dan Flavin and his work offer a wide range of insights into the artist. . . . The usefulness of this volume is greatly enhanced by the full-page color illustrations and the back matter, which includes documentary photographs in a chronology, a selected bibliography, two interviews, and an autobiographical sketch by the artist. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

“Exhaustively researched.”—Greg Allen, The New York Times