Jonathan Borofsky

Born 1942
Hometown Boston, MA
Lives and Works Ogunquit, Maine
Education
MFA, Yale University, New York, NY, 1966
BFA, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1964

Tate Gallery, London, England
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles California
The Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Whitney Museum of Art, New York, New York
National Museum, Osaka, Japan
Russian Museum, Marble Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Okayama, Japan
Museum For Gagenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland

In 1967 Jonathan Borofsky started counting for three hours a day, meticulously writing numbers by hand, convinced that this meditative process would reveal an underlying truth about the human spirit. This early conceptual practice reflects the deeply humanistic, optimistic, and anti-elitist aspects of Borofsky's oeuvre. In the 1970s and ‘80s he created temporary installations that defied the boundaries of the gallery walls and offered playful, often hectic, challenges to traditional artistic experiences while often alluding to socio-political events. He is best known for his large-scale site-specific sculptures, such as Molecule Man, located in the Spree River in Berlin. These massive works depicting simplified human forms, all of which lack a specific gender, age, or race, confront the public with possibilities of global connectivity.

Borofsky has had solo shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, among many others. Additionally, his public sculptures can be found in ten different countries.

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