Correspondence: An Exhibition of the Letters of Ray Johnson, 1976
Laminated pictorial folder with 2 inside sleeves. Complete with 249 loose leaves labeled with lender no. 1-84, and three b/w director's statement and lender information sheets. Illustrated throughout with b/w reproductions of artworks, correspondence and photographs from 84 selected lenders who were part of the New York Correspondence School founded by Johnson. Condition: Deep toning to cover and leaf edges, edges of spine show wear and small tear on the top of one side.
11 1/2h x 9 1/2w in/ 29.21h x 24.13w cm
Exhibition catalog created in the form of a folder containing copies of mail art shown in the exhibition, Correspondence: An Exhibition of the Letters of Ray Johnson, North Carolina Museum of Art.
Ray Johnson (1927–1995) was an American artist seminal in the Pop art movement of the 1950s, an early conceptualist and a pioneer of the mail art network- the New York Correspondence School. For Johnson, mail art involved self-dissemination, the pleasant recruitment of others and an extensive gift economy. His whole identity was reflected through its ever-evolving, metamorphic raw materials, methods, intersections, and collaborations.