Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Dan Flavin

Untitled (for you, Leo, in long respect and affection) 3, 1978

Pink, green, yellow, and blue Fluorescent lights, ed: 1/5

48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)


Gift of Howard and Donna Stone in honor of the MCA’s 40th anniversary.
2007.13

In this work, Flavin activates a room’s corner, an area that is often neglected in an art gallery but that is architecturally crucial to the experience of art. Flavin used this space to test the perceptual effects of colored fluorescent lights when used in combination, finding that some colors in the spectrum are more dominant than others and that certain colors change when used in concert with others. Flavin built his career on the study of such subtle manipulations, as much science as they are immersive aesthetic experiences. The title refers to famous New York gallerist Leo Castelli (American, 1907–1999).