Lot 30: Jonathan Borofsky, "Untitled (Person with light bulb)", c.1981
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
21st October 2016
Lot 30: The correct dimensions of this work are: 131 ¼ x 101 ¼ x 1 ⅜ in. (333.4 x 257.2 x 3.5 cm).
Oil on canvas with blue Tungsten light bulb
Jonathan Borofsky (b.1942) - American sculptor and printmaker
Provenance: Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Fredrick Roos, London
In Khan Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Philadelphia
Exhibitions: "Jonothan Borofsky: Dreams 1973-1989," Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, October 9-November 15, 1981
"Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Richard Artschwager, Lynda Benglis, Jonathan Borofsky, Sol LeWitt: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Prints," Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, December 1, 1982-January 11, 1983
"Jonathan Borofsky,", Moderna Museet, September 8- October 21, 1984
Literature: "Jonathan Borofsky," Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 1984
"Jonothan Borofsky," Rosenthal, M. and Marshall, R., (1984), Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Work dimensions: 65 ⅝ x 50 ⅝ x 1 ⅜ in (131.25 x 101.25 x 3.5 cm)
Dimensions of light bulb: height - 4 ½ in (11.43 cm), diameter at top - 2 ¼ (10.92 cm)
Much like Borofsky's best-known 'Hammering Man' sculptures, "Untitled (Person with lightbulb)" possesses a distinct energy and sense of strength and power, carefully conveyed through the manipulation of the human form. Jonathan Borofksy's "Untitled (Person with light blub)" is an intriguing translation of the dynamic character of the artist's sculptural work to a two-dimensional medium, albeit on a massive scale. The vast, subtly-colored painting depicts a nondescript, deconstructed humanoid figure in motion, an inquisitive look on its face--appropriate, given the inclusion of the lightblub, a symbol of thought and mental acuity, in the middle of its forehead.
Jonathan Borofsky (American, b.1942)
Known for his colorful anthropomorphic sculptures, Jonathan Borofsky (American, b.1942) manipulates metal into towering constructions that symbolize and are testament to collective human strength. Borofksy received his MFA from Yale University in 1966 and experimented in a variety of media before turning his attention fully to sculpture. His works are counted in the distinguished collections of Tate, London; LACMA, Los Angeles, and the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Okayama, among many others.
In overall good condition, with minor staining and scuffing to all four edges. Blue markings (including ring mark) to upper right quadrant.
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