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DAN FLAVIN | icon VI (Ireland Dying)

50,000 - 70,000 USD
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  • Dan Flavin
  • icon VI (Ireland Dying)
  • signed with the artist's initials, titled and dated 12 6 62; signed, titled and dated December 6, 1962 on the backing board
  • colored pencil and pastel on paper
  • 11 by 13 1/2 in. 27.9 by 34.3 cm.


Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles 
L.M. Asher Family Collection, Los Angeles (acquired from the above in 1965)
Collection of Michael Asher, Los Angeles (gift of the above in 1965)
By descent from the above to the Michael Asher Foundation in 2013


Irvine, University of California, Art Gallery, Five Los Angeles Sculptors: Larry Bell, Tony DeLap, David Gray, John McCracken, Kenneth Price: Sculptors/Drawings, January - February 1966, cat. no. c, p. 31, illustrated
Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada; Vancouver Art Gallery; New York, The Jewish Museum, fluorescent light, etc. from Dan Flavin: A Retrospective, September 1969 - March 1970, cat. no. 64, pp. 148-149, illustrated (Ottawa) 


Corinna Thierolf and Johannes Vogt, Dan Flavin: ICONS, Munich 2009, fig. 16, p. 17, illustrated
Exh. Cat., New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, Dan Flavin: Drawing, New York 2012, p. 13, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"Between 1961 and 1964 Dan Flavin completed a group of eight works that he entitled icons. They form the seedbed of his method of working with 'naked' fluorescent tubes and they mark a crucial conceptual turning point in his artistic development: here, for the first time, he uses illuminants in the form of light bulbs, flashing lights and fluorescent tubes...they comprise works on the threshold between his paintings and his later light installations. They are the result of a search for artistic forms of expression beyond classical painting, they arise from the desire to 'leave the picture behind.'" Corinna Thierolf and Johannes Vogt, Dan Flavin: ICONS, Munich 2009, p. 7