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To Be Enlightened You Pull the Switch In Washington pilots now passing over this city at night have been reporting a weird green light emanating from the East Building of the National Gallery That would be the art of Dan Flavin the American avatar of the fluorescent tube The light comes from Untitled To You Heiner With Admiration and Affection a low fencelike barrier 110 feet long spanning one side of the atriums broad mezzanine Typically about as suited to exhibiting art as an airport terminal the space has now been gaudily transfigured by this catchy introduction to Flavins traveling retrospective -- the first retrospective of his art believe it or not since the late 1960s Lacking some of the spectacular site-specific architectural works he did later in his career the show which opens on Sunday is nevertheless a qualified beauty and the latest sign of Minimalisms reconsideration Flavin was one of the movements founding figures an artist who had a good idea It sufficed to keep him going until he died in 1996 at 63 In a sense it even sustained him afterward through the works he planned that others completed for him posthumously like an installation for a church in Milan and another for a suite of defunct Army barracks in Marfa Tex Flavins idea was to make art out of off-the-rack industrial light fixtures A few sizes A handful of colors Just follow his instructions It seemed as an approach utterly impersonal and possibly not even art as people then knew it But like so many other radical artistic reactions against Abstract Expressionisms stress on touch and raw emotion it was the unlikely route to often ecstatic utterance It consciously blurred the distinction between art and architecture seizing architecture as part of arts sculptural vocabulary incorporating corners walls doorways and windows creating a category that was a melting pot of painting sculpture and design It also helped to open the
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