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Man with Briefcase at 2,838,771
Man with Briefcase at 2,838,771
Not on display
Ink On Paper
Sheet: 2388 x 1067 mm (94 x 42 in.)
Object Type:
North America

Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC, 1983

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Gift of Shirley Ross Davis in honor of Robert Flynn Johnson

Exhibition History:

Johnson, Robert Flynn, Karin Breuer, and Louise Siddons. Rembrandt to Thiebaud: A Decade of Collecting Works on Paper. San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, June 23---October 7, 2007, pg. 61. (hgs 3/20/08)

According to Mark Rosenthal, co-curator of the 1984 Jonathan Borofsky retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in which this drawing was shown, the activity of drawing is at the heart of Borofsky's art: "From his pen come hundreds of works on paper each year. Drawing occupies him either completely or as a kind of unconscious reflex while he is otherwise engaged." The subject of Man with a Briefcase initially appeared in 1979 as a drawing (numbered 2,630.059) after a newspaper advertisement. The subject subsequently underwent several generations of artistic manipulation. It was redone in a large format, as in this drawing (numbered 2,838,771); transformed into an aluminum cutout sculpture; and projected onto a wall for tracing, as a wall drawing, and onto canvas for a painting. Borofsky considered early versions of Man with a Briefcase as portraits of himself, carrying his drawings from one installation to the next. Later the image became a symbol of modern man in society, tied to his work, which is symbolized by the brief case.---KB Rembrandt to Thiebaud, pg. 61. (hgs 3/20/08)