Untitled (to Philip Johnson)


Pink, green, blue and red fluorescent lights

243.8 x 22.2 x 11.4 cm

Four fluorescent light tubes illuminate the space. Their radiant presence creates a “situation” that integrates its surroundings into the work of art. Made in 1964 at a time when Dan Flavin was experimenting with the possibilities of light through neon lights purchased off the shelf, this work is dedicated to Philip Johnson (1906-2005), an American architect known for his skyscrapers who collected Flavin's sculptures.

From the early 1960s onwards, Dan Flavin created a unique oeuvre centered on electric light. The Untitled (to Philip Johnson) sculpture is particularly unique because of its use of the color red, which cannot produce fluorescence. The artist thus coated the inside of the tube with red pigment, which generates a muffled, deep light.

Untitled (to Philip Johnson) was first shown in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.