It's been quite a while since I've checked out the galleries in Chelsea, so I was happy to return Saturday to catch the final day of the exhibition Dan Flavin: Corners, Barriers, and Corridors at David Zwirner's West 20th Street location. When I arrived, I was surprised to find a queue waiting to get into the exhibition. Fortunately the line moved quickly and we were soon inside experiencing Flavin's beautiful light installations (or "situations," as he called them). Created between the late 1960s and early 1970s using commercially available fluorescent lamps, each piece is constructed within a corner, corridor, or as a barrier, filling its surrounding architecture with light, color, and atmosphere. The results are mesmerizing.
My only complaint about my visit—the hordes of visitors clamoring to take selfies with the artwork—going so far as taking hold of the larger works to steady themselves as they crawled behind the installations to snap duck-faced self-portraits. Seriously? WTF?! Please bask in the glow of Flavin's extraordinary work without touching the art! Learn more at davidzwirner.com. Closed October 24th.
untitled (to Barnett Newman) two, 1971
untitled (to Barry, Mike, Chuck, and Leonard), 1972-75
untitled (to a man, George McGovern) 2, 1972
untitled (to Sonja), 1969 (detail)
untitled (to Sonja), 1969