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Jonathan Borofsky

Jonathan Borofsky

*  1942 Boston, Massachusetts

The fame of the American Jonathan Borofsky is largely owed to his artworks in public space.
Jonathan Borofsky was born in Boston in1942. As of 1960 he studied at Carnegie-Mellon University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1964. After a trip to Paris, where Jonathan Borofsky attended the Ecole de Fontainebleau in 1964 , he began his master studies at Yale School of Art and Architecture in New Haven, which he successfully completed in 1966. Jonathan Borofsky held a post as lecturer at the School of Visual Arts in New York between 1969 and 1977, afterwards he was called to the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, where he taught until 1980.
In many works, especially those made in three-dimensional genres, Jonathan Borofsky examines the human figure. He made numerous important large sculptures in public space, for instance the famous "Walking Man" in Leopoldstraße in Munich. Certain types, such as the hammering figure, a flying man and silhouettes with holes, have become his leitmotifs. The oeuvre of Jonathan Borofsky is also filled with "postmodern" references and often comes with ironic notions. References to René Magritte can be found, but also to Walt Disney, Conceptual Art or to Pop Art. Since 1972 Jonathan Borofsky has been using a serial number for each of his work, regardless whether graphics, paintings or sculptures.
At around this time Jonathan Borofsky's career gained momentum: In 1975 Jonathan Borofsky had his first solo show, and he participated in Documenta exhibitions in 1982, 1987 and 1992. Since the 1980s renowned museums have shown an increasing number solo shows in honor of Jonathan Borofsky, among them the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Additionally, works by Jonathan Borofsky are in possession of international collections such as the Kunstmuseum Basel/Museum für Gegenwartskunst, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the ZKM in Karlsruhe.
Jonathan Borofsky lives and works in Ogur Guit/Maine.