Jonathan Borofsky born 1942
T03913 Untitled at 2,598,2281979
Pen and ink on paper 230 x 305 (9 1/2 x 12 1/2)
Inscribed ‘BR[...] 1978 2598228' b.r.
Purchased from Paula Cooper Inc., New York (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Exh: Jonathan Borofsky Zeichnungen 1960-1983, Kunstmuseum, Basel, June-July 1983, Städtisches Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Sept.-Oct. 1983, Kunstverein, Hamburg, Jan.-Feb. 1984, Kunsthalle, Bielefeld, April-May 1984, Kunstverein, Mannheim, May-July 1984, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sept.-Oct.1984 (not in cat.); State of the Art: Ideas and Images in the 1980's, ICA, Jan.-March 1987 (no number)
In an interview with Sandy Nairne (see entry for T03908">T03908) Borofsky said: ‘this looks like it was a sketch for a potential wall piece. I hardly remember this. Just by the way it’s laid out, and I was thinking of laying it [the wall piece] into a corner'. He said that he did not know who the group of figures were but commented ‘there's a fish down here at the bottom that's flat on the floor [and] a head ... I just see the heads, with all these painted hats on them'. He remarked of the head (centre left) from which light appears to shine: energy coming out of that again ... A bird over here. I think I was scribbling that ‘All is One' writing, in Persian script, up here [top right], which I quite often used to set off a wall piece at that time…