Dan Flavin: Drawing

February 17 through July 1, 2012
Image of eight "monuments" for V. Tatlin

Best known for his fluorescent light installations, Dan Flavin was also an avid draftsman. This first retrospective of his drawings will include over one hundred sheets representing every phase of his career: early abstract expressionist watercolors of the 1950s, studies for light installations, portraits and landscape sketches, and pastels of sailboats from the 1980s. In addition, the exhibition will feature nearly fifty works from Flavin's personal collection of drawings, including nineteenth-century American landscapes by Hudson River School artists, Japanese drawings, and twentieth-century works by artists such as Piet Mondrian, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt.

Dan Flavin: Drawing is organized by Isabelle Dervaux, the Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at The Morgan Library & Museum.

This exhibition is supported by the Ricciardi Family Exhibition Fund, the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and Nancy Schwartz, with additional assistance from The Aaron I. Fleischman Foundation.


Major funding for the catalogue is provided by Lannan Foundation.

Image Caption: 

Dan Flavin (1933–1996)
eight "monuments" for V. Tatlin, 1968
Ballpoint pen
8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
Collection of Stephen Flavin
© 2012 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photography: Graham S. Haber, 2011