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Dan Flavin: The Architecture of Light

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Edited by J Fiona Ragheb, Guggenheim Museum/Abrams, 1999, 96pp. £22

In his installations executed with commercial fluorescent lights, Dan Flavin played down any mystical or 'spiritual' aspirations and stressed the matter-of-factness of his art. But in their sensuous commingling of colours, and the surprising delicacy of some of their effects, they are far from mundane. Practices such as Jonathan Speirs Associates acknowledge Flavin's influence (for instance, in its scheme for the Point Hotel, Edinburgh, described in AJ 29.10.98). It's a shame, then, that this Guggenheim survey of his work is marred by inappropriate gloss paper and unsympathetic design.

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