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Poster for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California

Poster for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California

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Description (Brief)
Jonathan Borofsky’s poster is part of a fifteen poster set commissioned by the Los
Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) for the Games of the XXIIIrd
Olympiad in 1984. The signed limited edition (750) prints were created by both internationally known American artists and young emerging local artists selected by the Committee to commemorate the Games, and Los Angeles’ and the United States’ unique contribution to the contemporary art scene.
The modern Olympic movement, founded by Baron de Coubertin, emphasized the development of a ‘total person’ and included art and a cultural Olympiad as a creative complement to athletic demonstrations. Posters have acted as a primary expression of the Games since the modern revival in 1896; each represented by an official poster. They have also served as announcements, souvenirs, fine art prints, and visual reminders throughout the history of the Olympics, ancient and modern.
Borofsky (1942- ) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and received his BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. He earned an MFA from Yale University in 1966 after attending Ecole de Fontainbleau in France. Previously well-known for his energetic multi-media gallery installations his current work has been dedicated to outdoor public commissions. Borofsky has made a name for himself in recent years with works such as “Hammering Man” – a large-scale continuation of mechanized beings that made appearances in his earlier work. He currently lives and works in Maine.
Borofsky’s poster incorporates a reoccurring running man image seen in much of his early gallery work. This image overlays a silhouette of Eric Heiden, a long track speed skater who won an unprecedented 5 Olympic gold medals in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. His signature at the bottom of the work is accompanied by a number, also a trademark of his. Borofsky began counting in the late 1960s while working in New York and the number signifies where the place in his count while completing the poster.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
poster, summer olympics
date made
1984
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 24 in; 91.44 cm x 60.96 cm
ID Number
1985.0297.18.09
accession number
1985.0297
catalog number
1985.0297.18.09
Credit Line
Gift of Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (through Carol Daniels)
subject
Sports
Olympics
Olympic Summer Games: Los Angeles, 1984
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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