Introduction Youth and Education Early Work and Icons
Minimalism and Abstraction Hardware Monuments Light, Space, and Architecture
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Flavin was born in Queens, New York, in 1933, where he went to parochial school, before attending (against his wishes) a preparatory school for the seminary in Brooklyn. In 1953, he enlisted in the Air Force and trained as a meteorological technician. Although Flavin sketched and drew from an early age, it was at this time, while working as a meteorological aide, that he began to spend most of his free time making art, visiting museums in Washington, D.C., and New York, and collecting art. In the late 1950s, the young Flavin attended Columbia University and studied the history of art, while working a series of jobs that (continue)
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