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Works By Ray Johnson

February 7 - April 8, 1984

Monet List, 1969 Collage: ink, photograph, boards, sandpaper, mounted on painted board 69 x 47 cm Richard L. Feigen
Midnight Cowboy 1970 Collage: ink, paint, crayon, postage stamp, dollar bill, sandpapered, mounted on painted board. 29 3/4 x 19 3/4 Private Collection
Cervix Dollar Bill 1970 Collage: ink, paint, paper, dollar bill, boards, sandpapered, mounted on painted board. 20 1/16 x 28 7/8 Collection The Corcoran Gallery of Art

"Works by Ray Johnson" serves as a retrospective of his varied career as a collagist. In viewing and studying the collages present that trace thirty years of his activity in this medium, we become acutely aware of Johnson's wit and humor which ranges from the sublime to the outrageous. While we may have to delve deeply in order to identify Johnson's associations with words and personalities, we will definitely be struck by the strength of design and composition inherent to all the work.

Excerpt by Thomas A. Saltzman as published in the exhibition catalogue.


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