Dan Flavin

"monument" for V. Tatlin, 1975

About this artwork

This is one of a series of works dedicated to the Russian constructivist artist Vladimir Tatlin (1885- 1953). Tatlin treated art in engineering terms and embraced industry and technology. Flavin described Tatlin as, 'the great revolutionary, who dreamed of art as science'. By using fluorescent lights which could be bought in any hardware store, Flavin challenged the viewer's idea of art as dependant on an 'original' object. His choice of a banal, mass-produced, 'modern' object has close parallels with the use of material from popular culture by contemporary pop artists.

  • title:
    "monument" for V. Tatlin, 1975
  • accession number:
    GMA 2799
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  • materials:
    Fluorescent lights
  • date created:
    1975
  • measurements:
    305.00 x 61.00 x 12.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1983
  • copyright:
    © Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin