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RAY JOHNSON

October 16, 1927 – January 13, 1995
Born in Detroit, Michigan

Ray Johnson was a influential Pop Art figure in the 1950s and 1960s, known primarily as a collagist and correspondence artist. He staged and participated in early performance art events associated with the Fluxus movement and was the founder of a far-ranging mail art network – the New York Correspondence School – which picked up momentum in the 1960s and is still active today. He lived in New York City from 1949 to 1968, when he moved to a small town in Long island and remained there until his suicide. The mysteries of his life and art were made into the award-winning documentary “How to Draw a Bunny”, released in 2002.

Larry Rivers, 1977-83-88
Collage on masonite
15 x 15 inches (38 x 38 cm)