Minimalist artist Dan Flavin was born on April 1, 1933
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Born in Queens, New York, Flavin studied to become a priest before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He then studied art history, painting, and drawing.
In the early 1960s, he turned his attention to purposing commercially available fluorescent light fixtures into propositions (sculptural works). Exploring light, color, and space with the use of wooden and plastic structures ("Icons"), he eventually removed the canvas and exposed the neon tubes.
Flavin denied the symbolism in his work, stating that his installations are ephemeral by their very nature, and devoid of any transcendental meaning.