Ray Johnson (1927–1995) blurred the boundaries of life and art, authorship and intimacy. Correspondence was the defining character of all of Johnson’s work, particularly his mail art, which was intended to be read, received, and corresponded with. The subjects of his letters ranged from the New York avant-garde, to filmmakers such as John Waters, philosophers such as Jacques Derrida and writers such as Gertrude Stein and Marianne Moore. This collection of more than 200 selected letters and writings – most of which are previously unpublished – presents a new insight into the sprawling, multiplicitous nature of Johnson’s art.
Letters included in this volume include those written to William S. Wilson, Dick Higgins, Richard Lippold, Toby Spiselman, Joseph Cornell, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Robert Motherwell, Eleanor Antin, Germaine Greer, Lynda Benglis, Arakawa and Madeline Gins, Christo, Billy Name, Jim Rosenquist and Albert M. Fine, among many others.
Edited by Elizabeth Zuba, with text by Kevin Killian.