Man with Briefcase at #2968443, 1986
epoxy enamel on fiberglass
288 x 48 x 3 inches
Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection, gift of the artist

Jonathan Borofsky's Man with Briefcase at #2968443, 1986, is a towering, white-collar worker holding a briefcase, an archetypal image displayed as a cut-out figure. In 1969, to aid his concentration, Borofsky began a process of numbering pieces of blank paper every day. Each of his works is given the number to which he counted at the time of its completion. The number inscribed on this man insinuates sinister overtones and associations with concentration camp victims, soldiers’ dog tags and the series of numbers now identifying individuals in a technological society.

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Jonathan Borofsky was born in Boston in 1942. He earned his B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, in 1964 and his M.F.A. from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1966. Borofsky has created numerous permanent and temporary public sculptures for cities around the world. He has had solo exhibitions at places including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and the Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden. Borofsky currently lives and works in Maine.

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