Dan Flavin was an American artist born in Queens, New York. He worked primarily with fluorescent light fixtures.
Flavin began painting at an early age and studied art history at Columbia University in the late 1950s. He worked in his spare time at places such as at the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Natural History.
Flavin began experimenting with fluorescent light fixtures during the 1950s postwar period and drew inspiration from the influential abstract art movement. His art is both abstract and minimalist in style. Like sculptures, Flavin's fluorescent light designs were three-dimensional, but hung flat on the wall like paintings in every possible color configuration.
Flavin had his first solo exhibition in 1964 at the Green Gallery in New York where he tried to depart from the traditional view of art in which works are hung on walls. He took advantage of dead spaces such as corners of a room, and the like, and highlighted them using his constellations, lending relevance to the empty space.