Formats
Anthologies
102
Audio
310
Catalogues
379
Clothing
23
Editions
31
Ephemera
72
Literary
34
Monographs
157
Posters
269
Video
39
Zines
144

Shop > Monographs

Out of Stock
#11840

Ray Johnson

Artist
Ray Johnson
Date
2015
Publisher
Karma
Format
Monographs
Size
9.8 × 12.3 inches
Length
296 pages
Genre
Catalogue
Description

Pioneer of mail art and an early participant in both the Pop and Fluxus movements, Ray Johnson created complex, punning works that ingeniously combine text and image, celebrity culture and art history, wit and melancholy. Figures such as Mickey Mouse, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Michael Jackson and Calvin Klein models populate his many collages—a candid foreshadowing of current societal obsession. In the 20 years since his death, Johnson’s work has become an increasingly accurate depiction of our fragmented and overstimulated society and includes some of the most recognizable imagery from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Beautifully designed, this massive compendium includes 296 color reproductions of collages, drawings, interventions and other ephemera from Johnson’s estate.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Ray Johnson (1927–1995) studied under Josef Albers and Robert Motherwell at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and worked as a painter early in his career, exhibiting alongside Ad Reinhardt and Charmion von Wiegand before embracing pop imagery, collage and mail art, producing thousands of collages and other works on paper. His life and death (by suicide, jumping from a bridge in Sag Harbor, Long Island) were the subject of the award-winning documentary How to Draw a Bunny (2002).

  1. Ray Johnson
 

Related Items

  1. Ray Johnson’s Mother’s Potato Masher leaflet
  2. Clive Phillpot: Ray Johnson on Flop Art: Fragments of Conversations with Ray Johnson 1988 - 1994
  3. Paul McCarthy: Rebel Dabble Babble
  4. Ryan Gander: Culturefield
  5. Cory Arcangel: All the Small Things
  6. Image Bank: International Image Exchange Directory
  7. Image Bank
  8. Tyler Coburne: I’m that angel
  9. Neue Slowenische Kunst: NSK from Kapital to Capital
  10. Althea Thauberger: The State of the Situation
  11. Emelie Chhangur, Ryan Doherty, Derek Liddington , and Fabien Maltais-Bayda: Derek Liddington: the body will always bend before it breaks, the tower will always break before it bends the tower will always break before it bends, the body will always bend before it breaks
  12. Edith Heath: Philosophies
  13. General Idea
  14. Seth Price: 2000 Words
  15. Reto Pulfer: Der Themenkatalog
  16. Clubgoers
  17. Carsten Holler: Leben
  18. Josephine Pryde: The Enjoyment of Photography
  19. Takeshi Murata
  20. Drunk Complexions
  21. Oscar Figueroa: Less than a First Draft (Testing)
  22. Posters: November 1965-April 1986
  23. A Glass House Should Hold No Terrors
  24. Image Bank: Elks Building Hollywood
  25. Ian Wallace: The First documenta, 1955
  26. Emily Jacir & Susan Buck-Morss
  27. Notes on Georg Simmel’s Lessons, 1906/07, and on a “Sociology of Art,“ c. 1909
  28. Erkki Kurenniemi
  29. Christoph Menke: Aesthetics of Equality
  30. Jalal Toufic: Reading, Rewriting Poe’s “The Oval Portrait“
  31. G.M. Tamás: Innocent Power
  32. Paul Ryan: Two Is Not a Number, A Conversation with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri
  33. Péter György: The Two Kassels
  34. Kenneth Goldsmith: Letter to Bettina Funcke
  35. David Robbins: Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy
  36. Angela Bulloch: Source Book 10
  37. Source Book 5 / 2008 Geoffrey Farmer
  38. Making Art Global, Part 1

The Third Havana Biennial 1989
  39. Parkett No. 91