Dan Flavin (1933-1996)
a right angle triangle, 1964

Colored pencil and graphite on paper
11 × 13 3/4 inches (27.9 × 34.9 cm)

© 2019 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Artist
Type
Drawing 13
Date
1960s 68
Location

Donald Judd met Dan Flavin in 1962 at a gathering in a Brooklyn apartment organized to discuss the possibility of a cooperative artist-run gallery. They exhibited together a year later when their work was included in New Work: Part I at Richard Bellamy’s Green Gallery, New York (January 8–February 2, 1963). As their mutual friend, the artist John Wesley, has said of their friendship, “[the two] became Flavin and Judd for a while. The two names were together.”1

Flavin was an avid draftsman, and drawing remained an essential part of his working process throughout his career. “All my diagrams, even the oldest, seem applicable again and continually. It is as though my system synonymizes its past, present and future states without incurring a loss of relevance.”2 This and the other right angle triangle drawing, both installed on the fourth-floor landing of 101 Sprint Street, are mirror images of one another. Flavin kept most of his drawings, rarely selling or giving them away. This work is inscribed by the artist: “For Don and Julie straight out Dan.”

1 Marianne Stockebrand, “A Conversation with John Wesley,” Chinati Foundation newsletter 10 (October 2005), 1.
2 Dan Flavin, “Some Remarks . . . Excerpts from a Spleenish Journal,” Artforum, December 1966, 27.