American, 1933-1996. Though Dan Flavin began his artistic career producing drawings and watercolors, he quickly moved onto Minimalist light installations for which he is most known. Flavin briefly studied art after returning from serving in the Air Force during the Korean War in 1956. By 1961, he had his first solo exhibition and in 1963 created his first florescent light installation. Flaven's installaions embraced the relationship between the lights and the space which continued to grow along with his notierity. He exploited the open space in the Guiggenheim Museum in 1992 to fill it with mulitcolored light. Flaven enjoyed creating art out of industrial materials like the fluorescent tubes and their temporary shelf-life as they would eventually burn out or break.