Dan Flavin

icon IV (the pure land) (to David John Flavin 1933-1962)

1962, reconstructed 1969
One of Flavin’s earliest constructions with electric light, this work was dedicated to his twin brother, who died while it was being made. Flavin made eight “icons” in total, most dedicated to family, friends and historical persons, while two cite sacred sources: Via Crucis and “the blood of a martyr.” “My icons differ from a Byzantine Christ held in majesty,” Flavin commented, “they are dumb, anonymous and inglorious ... My icons do not raise up the blessed saviour in elaborate cathedrals. They are constructed concentrations celebrating barren rooms. They bring a limited light.”
Artist
Title
icon IV (the pure land) (to David John Flavin 1933-1962)
Date
1962, reconstructed 1969
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
white Formica with daylight fluorescent light
Dimensions
box: 113 x 113 x 28.3 cm; light fixture: 9.2 x 61 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1969
Accession number
15903