Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1969. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's black stiff paper wraps printed in white.
"One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do. And it is, as I said, as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find." Catalog published on the occasion of Dan Flavin’s groundbreaking exhibit held at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa before traveling to the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Jewish Museum in New York City in the fall of 1969. The pioneering American minimalist was given an unprecedented degree of agency in this, his first major museum show, in terms of designing the gallery’s installation and accompanying catalog, in collaboration with lead NGC curator Brydon Smith. An unmitigated success on a critical, popular, and international level, the immersive exhibition consisted of 114 works along with seven large-scale light installations Flavin specifically designed according to the gallery’s infrastructure. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates. Includes essays by Flavin, the show’s curator Brydon Smith, and fellow conceptual artists Mel Bochner and Donald Judd; with bibliography, exhibition history, and checklist of featured works. Text in English and French. Some creasing to spine and light rubbing to spine-ends and extremities. Very good or better. Uncommon. Item #3509