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Dan Flavin, American artist. Recipient William and Norma Copley Foundation award, 1968; National Foundation Art and Humanities award, 1966; Skowhegan medal for sculpture, 1965.


FLAVIN, Dan was born on April 1, 1933 in New York, United States. Son of Daniel Nicolas and Viola Marion Bernzott Flavin.


Student, Cathedral College Immaculate Conception, 1952. Student, University Maryland, Korea, 1955. Student, New School Social Research, 1956.

Student, Columbia University, 1959.


Worked in the United States of America since 1961; exhibits in collections in United States of America and Europe; Guest Lecturer in Design, University of N. Carolina 1967, Guest Professor University of Bridgeport 1973; founded Dan Flavin Art Institute, New York 1983; Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture 1965. Lecturer in Design, University of N. Carolina 1967, Guest Professor University of Bridgeport 1973. Founded Dan Flavin Art Institute, New York 1983. Skowhegan.


  • painting

    • Juan Gris in Paris (adieu Picabia)

    • Diagonal of Personal Ecstasy (the Diagonal of May 25, 1963, to Constantin Brancusi)

    • Untitled (to Jan and Ron Greenberg)

    • The nominal three (to William of Ockham)

    • Untitled (to Henri Matisse)

    • Untitled (to the innovator of Wheeling Peachblow)

    • Untitled (to Barnett Newman to commemorate his simple problem, red, yellow and blue)

    • ”Monument” 4 for those who have been killed in ambush (to P.K. who reminded me about death)

    • ”Monument” 1 for V. Tatlin

    • Untitled

    • Untitled (to Bob and Pat Rohm)

    • Untitled (to my dear bitch, Airily)

    • Untitled (to you, Heiner, with admiration and affection)

    • Untitled (in honor of Harold Joachim) 3

    • Untitled (for Robert with fond regards)

    • Untitled

    • Alternating pink and "gold"

    • Pink out of corner (to Jasper Johns)

    • A primary picture

    • Untitled (to Barry Mike Chuck and Leonard)

    • Icon V (Coran's Broadway Flesh)

    • Greens crossing greens (to Piet Mondrian who lacked green)

    • Untitled (to Tracy, to celebrate the love of a lifetime)


Married Sonja Sverdija in 1961 (divorced in 1976).

Daniel Nicolas

Viola Marion Bernzott Flavin

Sonja Sverdija