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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1992.334
People
Jonathan Borofsky, American (Boston, MA born 1942)
Title
Untitled at 3,001,422
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1987
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/309862
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black ink, graphite, black ball-point ink and collage on off-white wove paper
Technique
Collage
Dimensions
actual: 30.6 x 22.9 cm (12 1/16 x 9 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.l., black ink, in artist's hand: 3001422
  • inscription: verso, l.r., graphite: 1243/D
  • gallery label: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, paper, typed: No. JCLG 88.04.016
  • inscription: verso, graphite: 1243/D
Provenance
[Janie C. Lee Gallery, Houston Texas]. [G. W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, New York], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1992.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Accession Year
1992
Object Number
1992.334
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Support is paper torn from spiral-bound sketchbook. Pinholes at all four corners.
Commentary
The artist visited Drawing Study on 3/10/94. He identified the underdrawing as probably graphite, a #2 pencil or similar. He worked this drawing over a period of months, picking it up and adding to it over and over. He turns the paper around as he works, so that no particular orientation was essential, although he thinks this one probably does work best in the orientation in which we have it. He is introspective in these drawings-- using a surrealist automatism in a very introspective way. He adds the ribbon collage elements to add spatial depth and variety to the drawing, which otherwise gets more and more "flat" toward the central area. The ribbons don't have any special significance to him other than adding this spatial complexity. He says he's been using them since his early teens. Little heads will often appear in his drawings of this sort. He has a photocopy of a photograph of this drawing in front of him on his wall at his current studio. He had particularly liked this drawing-- it's the only one out of the hundreds he's done that he keeps a photocopy of before him.
Exhibition History

Under Cover: Artists' Sketchbooks, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2006 - 10/22/2006

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