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.
Director of Collections & Archives
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Yes, museums and institutions may contact Maria Ilario at email@example.com or 212-628-0470.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. Ray Johnson museum catalogues, RLF & Co. catalogues, the How to Draw a Bunny film, and other materials may be purchased via online marketplaces.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Not in its entirety, but scholars and art historians may visit the archive by appointment. A selection of material is available on this website.
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 email@example.com
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.