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More Works by Ray Johnson

November 1 - December 15, 1991

Acetabularia ca. 1961 collage: ink, paper 16" x 12" Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Massachusetts; anonymous gift Photograph by George Vasquez
Green 1989 collage: mixed media with carpet swatch 20" x 13" Toby R. Spiselman, New York Photograph by Jim Strong
Collage by Ray Johnson, sent to Charles Fahlen, March 20, 1972 magazine page, ink, paper, rubber stamp 6" X 3 1/2" Charles and Noelle Fahlen, Pennsylvania Photograph by Laurence Bach
Page 2 of letter #5, December 12, 1990 Doll II A Book About Modern Artists (Five Thousand Dolls) photocopy 81/2" x 11" Phyllis Stigliano, New York

Ray Johnson is a natural collagist, one of whose principal activities is bringing disparate entities into conjunction. His collages, especially those made after his period as an American Abstract Artist, have been intermittently exhibited and reproduced in books, catalogs, and magazines. The mid-fifties collages, which incorporate printed images of Elvis Presley and James Dean, are slowly entering the history books, usually as components of the early history of pop art. But Ray Johnson is not to be confined so easily within a single ism. Other of his collages are closer to the raw art of Jean Dubuffet, while displaying a funky inevitability all their own. Others, still, are very lyrical.

Excerpt by Clive Phillpot as published in the exhibition catalogue:


Goldie Paley Gallery
Moore College of Art and Design
1916 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19103