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Coinciding with the gallery’s 20-year anniversary\, David Zwirner is pleased to inaugurate a new five-sto ried exhibition and project space at 537 West 20th Street with a presentati on of works by Dan Flavin and Donald Judd .

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As two of the most significant Amer ican artists of the post-war period\, Dan Flavin and Donald Judd’s practice s have come to define what has been referred to as Minimalist art. The exhi bition will present two significant installations by each artist demonstrat ing their visually complex understanding of space and material through the use of light and form\, from Flavin’s straightforward yet dramatic use of f luorescent lamps to Judd’s highly polished aluminum constructions. The inst allations in this exhibition are in dialogue with each other and share a di stinctive and coherent understanding of the object\, the space\, and the vi ewer.

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From the early 1960s until his death in 1996\, Flavin produced a singularly consistent and prodigious body of work that utilized commercially available fluorescent lamps to create i nstallations of light and color that employed systematic compositions. This exhibition will include a series of nine works by the artist collectively referred to as “the European Couples” made between 1966-1971\, all of which have the same near-square cornered configuration. Each work is composed of an 8-foot square that is one of the nine colors (excluding ultraviolet\, w hich was not available in 8-foot lengths) of fluorescent lamps that Flavin used in his system of lights:  yellow\, pink\, red\, blue\, green\, warm wh ite\, cool white\, daylight\, and soft white. While they each stand alone a s individual works\, these constructions demonstrate Flavin’s interest in s erial and permutational configurations. Presented together the series produ ces an immersive\, site-situational environment of light and color\, which gives a unique perspective to the architectural components of the new galle ry space. The nine works are dedicated to European friends and colleagues w ho were influences in the artist’s life.

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Judd began his practice as a painter in the late 1940s\, although he so on introduced three-dimensional elements into the surface of his work. His first sculptural objects took the form of shallow reliefs\, and by 1963 he had begun to create freestanding works that were presented directly on the floor and the wall. Throughout his practice\, Judd used materials such as p lywood\, steel\, concrete\, Plexiglas\, and aluminum and employed commercia l fabricators in order to get the surfaces and angles he desired. He create d declaratively simple\, fundamental sculptural forms\, many of which took the shape of simple “boxes” or “stacks\,” which he would often arrange acco rding to repeated or sequential progressions.

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With the intention of creating work that could assume a direct mat erial and physical presence without recourse to grand philosophical stateme nts\, Judd eschewed the classical ideals of representational sculpture to c reate a rigorous visual vocabulary that sought clear and definite objects a s its primary mode of articulation.

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T he exhibition will include an untitled five-unit sculpture from 1991 that d emonstrates Judd’s visionary approach to using industrial material as well as his considered attitude toward form\, proportion\, and installation. Thi s work is unique within Judd’s overall practice in that it is the only inci dent in which the artist combined circular columns within the square format of the aluminum box. Each identically scaled freestanding box is arranged in a single row spanning across the gallery floor. Large in scale\, this wo rk relates to Judd’s interest in what curator Barbara Haskell has called hi s “architecturally sensitive formulation of space.”1 The interior space of each box\, which is open on each side\, consists of vertical cylindrical fo rms in different spatial configurations\, yielding a dialectical tension th at reflects light in different ways. Each unit is positioned exactly 30 cm (1/5 of the width of each unit) from the other allowing the surrounding nat ural light in the space to bring out the subtle qualities of the material a nd form. Moreover\, it invites an ambulatory viewer\, as it cannot be compr ehended in its entirety from a singular point-of-view.

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This exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to experi ence two large-scale presentations by Flavin and Judd that demonstrate both artists’ unique ability to unify form and material while incorporating—thr ough their deliberate installation and use of light and color—the surroundi ng architecture into the perception of the works themselves.

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Abo ut the artists:

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Dan Flavin’s (1933-1996) work has been widely exhibited since the earl y 1960s and is currently on view in Dan Flavin: Lights at The Muse um Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK)\, Vienna (through February 3\, 20 13) and Dan Flavin: Drawing at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld ( through March 3\, 2013). The Estate of Dan Flavin is exclusively represente d by David Zwirner. The gallery presented Dan Flavin: the 1964 green gallery exhibition in 2008 (at Zwirner &\; Wirth) and Da n Flavin: Series and Progressions in 2009 (at its Chelsea loc ation).

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The work of Donald Judd (1928-1994) is included in numerous museum collections. Permanent installations of the artist’s wo rk can be found at Judd Foundation spaces in New York City\, at 101 Spring Street (the newly restored building will open to the public in June 2013)\, and Marfa\, Texas\, along with the neighboring Chinati Foundation. The Jud d ranch house Casa Morales is available for viewing by special appointment. Judd Foundation (Rainer Judd and Flavin Judd\, Co-Presidents) is exclusive ly represented by David Zwirner. In 2011\, the gallery exhibited a selectio n of works by the artist drawn from his seminal 1989 exhibition held at the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden\, Germany.

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