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LaToya Ruby Frazier Featured in NYT

March 3rd, 2021

LaToya Ruby Frazier has a piece in the NYT this week, showcasing new work and talking about her critical approach towards American culture. “I am showing these dark things about America because I love my country and countrymen,” she says. “When you love somebody, you tell them the truth. Even if it hurts.”
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MoMA Covers Architect Philip Johnson’s Name from Wall Signage Over Fascist Views

March 3rd, 2021

MoMA has covered up the name of late architect Philip Johnson on wall signs amid allegations of his fascist views. “To move forward with the exhibition thoughtfully, honoring the communities that the artists and their works represent, we feel it’s appropriate to respect the exhibition design suggestion and cover the signage with Johnson’s name outside the Architecture and Design galleries on an interim basis,” a MoMA spokesperson said. “To confront this matter, the Museum currently has underway a rigorous research initiative to explore in full the allegations against Johnson and gather all available information. This work is ongoing.”
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Italy Looks to Art to Help Combat Overtourism

March 3rd, 2021

Italy is looking to combat its crush of tourists in major cities by leasing works from the Uffizi in Florence to smaller museums and spaces around the country, CNN reports. “We already have over 3,000 works of art on display in the Uffizi — that’s enough,” Uffizi director Eike Schmidt says.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Dan Flavin

1933 – 1996
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Education includes:

Columbia University, New York
New School for Social Research, New York

Flavin is a Minimalist artist best known for his installations that feature fluorescent light fixtures.

Never receiving formal instruction regarding art, his first solo show was held in 1961 at New York’s Judson Gallery. That same year, he began experiment with electric light, ultimately leading to his first work that featured fluorescent light released in 1963 called the diagonal of May 25, 1963. In 1964, he was given an award by the William and Norma Copley Foundation following a recommendation by Marcel Duchamp, the artistic pioneer linked closely to the Dada and Surrealist movements.

Flavin’s involvement with key art shows in the latter half of the 1960s earned him the reputation as one of the originators if Minimal art. In 1969, his first retrospective “fluorescent light, etc. Dan Flavin” traveled throughout North America. The Dia Art Foundation began purchasing his works in 1974 and in 1983, facilitating his largest permanent installation of nine works in a former firehouse in Bridgehampton, New York, now known as the Dan Flavin Art Institute.

Since his death in 1996, three other permanent installations have been erected; one in Milan in 1997, one in Houston in 1998 and one in 2000 at Donald Judd’s Marfa, Texas Chinati Foundation.

Zwirner & With New York, March 6 – May 3 2008 [ArtObserved]

External Links

Wikipedia Entry