David Zwirner has announced that it now represents the estate of Dan Flavin, whose fluorescent-light sculptures are considered landmarks in the development of minimalist art in the 1960s.
As part of his partnership in secondary market work with Iwan Wirth, Zwirner last year staged an exhibition of the work included in Flavin’s seminal 1964 Green Gallery show at the Zwirner & Wirth gallery on the Upper East Side. That business relationship ended earlier this year with the announcement that Wirth would be opening a branch of his Hauser & Wirth gallery in New York later this month.
Zwirner has also stated plans to open a gallery devoted to secondary market work across the street from his three addresses on 19th Street in Chelsea. The news that he will have sole worldwide representation rights for Flavin’s work — the first time the estate has worked with a single dealer — strengthens the gallery’s specialty in minimalist work, an area on which it has focused in recent years. Zwirner also shows famed minimalists John McCracken, On Kawara, and Fred Sandback.
Zwirner plans to open an exhibition devoted to the work of Flavin, who passed away in 1996, in November.