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As of May 1, 2017 The Ray Johnson Estate is exclusively represented by Adler Beatty; Richard L. Feigen & Co. with Frances Beatty as its President, represented the Ray Johnson Estate since the artist's death in 1995 until April 30, 2017. The Estate includes an extensive archive of materials including, but not limited to, correspondence, mail art, collages, documentary photographs, objects and memorabilia. The Estate encourages scholarship and is open to researchers by appointment.

A special thank you to Richard L. Feigen, Frances F. L. Beatty, PhD, Jennifer Grossman, William S. Wilson, Michael von Uchtrup, John McGill, Alexander Adler, and the many researchers who helped to launch the Ray Johnson Estate Website.

Frances F.L. Beatty, Ph.D.

Managing Director

Alexander Adler


Maria Ilario

Director of Collections & Archives

Julia Garrigan

Research Associate

Ray Johnson Estate
34 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
+1 212 628 0470

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Public Collections:

Akron Art Museum, Ohio

The Art Institute of Chicago

Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina

Andy Warhol Museum, Pennsylvania

The Baker Museum, Artis-Naples, Naples, Florida

The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas

Berkeley Art Museum, California

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Denver Art Museum, Colorado

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

Hammer Museum, California

Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

John Held Jr., Modern Realism Archive, San Francisco

Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Austria

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville

Urawa Art Museum, Saitama city, Japan

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina

Western Illinois University, Dept. of English and Journalism Film Collection, Macomb, Illinois

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Can the general public view Johnson's collages that are in the Estate?

Scholars may make an appointment to view specific collages. If Ray Johnson collages are not on public display, the general public can ask to see them. The estate is usually able to accommodate such requests.

How big is the Ray Johnson Estate and Archive?

The Ray Johnson Estate is extensive, consisting of almost the entire contents of Johnson's house at the time of his death, which includes collages and objects, thousands of pieces of mail art, source materials, etc., as well as his personal possessions, photographs, albums, scrapbooks, and library.

What kind of works are in the Ray Johnson Archive?

There is a broad range of material in the Ray Johnson Archive. Mail art and ephemera, objects, performance tapes, photographs, fragments, and collages are part of the Ray Johnson Archive.

How can I get permission to reproduce Ray Johnson's work as illustrations in a book or article?

The Ray Johnson Estate owns the copyright to all Ray Johnson artworks and material, no matter who owns the specific work, including a self-taken photograph of a Ray Johnson work. All reproduction requests must be directed to Maria Ilario,, regardless of where the work is being reproduced (scholarly paper, article, essay, catalogue, online, magazine, newspaper, textbook, etc., or for commercial purposes). If the Estate is not contacted and copyright permission has not been granted, the user has committed a copyright infringement.

Does the Ray Johnson Estate loan work to museums for exhibitions?

Yes, museums and institutions may contact Maria Ilario at or 212-628-0470.

What is the difference between a Ray Johnson mail art piece and collage?

Mail art and ephemera encompasses a broad range of Ray Johnson's work. It includes objects, smaller collages, fragments, ephemera, illustrated envelopes, flyers, mailers, letters and postcards which Ray Johnson sent out to friends and correspondents. The Estate does not buy or sell mail art. If you are unsure what kind of Ray Johnson work you have, please consult the Art section of the website to view the different categories or contact us directly at the Ray Johnson Estate.

How do I know what kind of Ray Johnson work I own?

One aspect of Ray Johnson's work was his founding of the New York Correspondance [sic] School, the mail art network that linked people in a wide circle of exchange. He sent objects, smaller collages, fragments, ephemera, illustrated envelopes, flyers, mailers, letters and postcards to friends and correspondants. The Estate does not buy or sell any of this material, but preserves it in the archive for study purposes. If you are unsure whether you have a Ray Johnson mail art/ephemera piece or completed collage, please consult the Art section of the website to view the different categories or contact the Ray Johnson Estate directly.

Does the Ray Johnson Estate purchase work by Ray Johnson and/or other artists?

The Estate can acquire collages by Ray Johnson, but does not buy or sell mail art or ephemera. The Estate does not buy work by any other artist.

How can I get a Ray Johnson work authenticated?

Please contact the Estate via email with jpegs of the work and as much information as possible regarding provenance.

The Estate does not authenticate, buy, or sell mail art.

Can I buy Ray Johnson books, catalogues, the film and other related materials from the Estate?

No. Ray Johnson museum catalogues, RLF & Co. catalogues, the How to Draw a Bunny film, and other materials may be purchased via online marketplaces.

Does the Estate make its archives available to scholars for research?

The Estate allows scholars to visit the archive on an individual basis. Scholars may email the estate with a research request and the estate will review the request and respond. Please direct research requests to the Estate's archivist Maria Ilario at

Is the Ray Johnson archive published online?

Not in its entirety, but scholars and art historians may visit the archive by appointment. A selection of material is available on this website.

Should scholars make research requests in advance?

Yes, the Ray Johnson Estate requires scholars to make appointments for research in advance. To do so, please contact the Estate's archivist Maria Ilario at

How does one obtain a press packet?

In order to easily accommodate scholars and interested parties, and to also be environmentally conscious, Ray Johnson press packets are now available on the website. Please visit the Press section for general press, and the How to Draw a Bunny section for film press.