Creative Practice

Jonathan Fineberg with Yoko Ono at their collaborative presentation in Dallas, 2008


Wolfwhistle, wind sculpture of 1963

I made this welded fountain in a makeshift studio in the fireproof, abandoned coal bin of the old Aggassiz Theater in the Radcliffe Yard in the fall of 1966

1966 fountain, view 2

ceramic Wolfwhistles from 1981

painted bronze of 2022-3 Wolfwhistle's Glass of Absinthe

2023 bronze Wolfwhistle

2023 bronze untitled (rumpled)

bronze Wolfwhistle of 1977

“In the early 1970s I was writing my PhD dissertation, starting my training analysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, and teaching art criticism as a teaching fellow at Harvard. I had no time to keep making sculpture. Then in 1975 I started my first teaching job in art history at the University of Illinois and I realized I would have to shift to a tabletop scale if I wanted to keep making things. So I began a series of 13 inch high sculptures with rag board and bamboo garden sticks, the first might have been this work, Wolfwhistle in Chicken’s Clothing (1976-7)"

"I’m still occasionally making small sculptures, but my creative time has been increasingly taken up with writing and projects such as the two hour documentary Imagining America: Icons of Twentieth Century American Art, which I created with my friend John Carlin, for PBS in 2005.”

News release from the United States Postal Service which commissioned me to curate a pane of stamps on American Abstract Expressionism
DVD cover for Imagining America: Icons of Twentieth Century American Art
Photo of Jonathan Fineberg with Elizabeth Murray during the filming of Imagining America in 2004