Ray Johnson, the elusive mail-art pioneer whose collages and wordplay created an unorthodox social network, died in 1995, but to me he’s a patron saint of the past lonely year. This catalogue, arriving ahead of a Chicago retrospective, is a sweeping primer on his output—and a creative prompt too.
Curated by Jarrett Earnest and organized in collaboration with The Ray Johnson Estate, the captivating presentation offers an amusing array of never-before-exhibited artworks from the 1950s through the 1990s.
‘What a Dump’ Delves Into the Irreverent World of Ray Johnson
A new exhibition examines the artist’s mailings and collages — and his persona...
Ray Johnson, Pop-Culture Collagist, Master of ‘The Happening’ and the Mysterious World of Zen Emptiness
A conversation with exhibition curator Jarrett Earnest on the occasion of Ray Johnson: WHAT A DUMP, currently on view at David Zwirner in New York.
Johnson was an obsessive artist in many ways—how else could he have produced such a prolific archive—but this exhibition hones in on his celebrity obsessions as well as other interests.
WHAT A DUMP: A Conversation about Ray Johnson and His Exhibition @ David Zwirner
In this exhibition, the curator Jarrett Earnest aims to somewhat reframe the conversation around Johnson—the pranksterish artist known for his mail art and collages—in order to shine a light on him as a queer figure who was in frequent dialogue with other queer artists of the era.
DAVID ZWIRNER EXPLORES ARTIST RAY JOHNSON’S QUEER IDENTITY IN “WHAT A DUMP” CURATOR JARRETT EARNEST PRESENTS A NUANCED PORTRAIT OF THE OBSESSIVE MAIL ART PIONEER
“Untitled (Rimbaud),” circa 1971, an example of mail art exchanged between Ray Johnson and his friends.Credit...Ray Johnson Estate
4 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now: Ray Johnson WHAT A DUMP
NOTHNG OF THE MONTH CLUB - The last time I visited Off Paradise in Chinatown, right across from the former office office, it was a dreary autumn day. The gallery's current exhibit, NOTHNG OF THE MONTH CLUB (with the “I” purposely left out), very much reflects springtime with its playful tone and humor...
Ray Johnson, Untitled (Ray Johnson and Horseshoe Crab) (1992). Courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum © The Ray Johnson Estate, New York.
Ray Johnson Spent the Final Years of His Life Developing an Enigmatic Photography Project. It'll Go on View Next Summer...
Ray Johnson's “Untitled (Ray Johnson’s Silhouette and Wood, Stehli Beach)” (Autumn 1992). Image courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum © The Ray Johnson Estate, New York
"An Elusive Artist's Trove of Never-Before-Seen Images" In the years leading up to his death, Ray Johnson took up photography. Now, this body of work is shedding light on his final days...
A Conversation with Frances Beatty & Jason Pickleman on Ray Johnson and Mail Art in 2020 via Instagram Live.
Issue #25, with special edition Ray Johnson Bunnyhead spine and never before published photographs by Frances Beatty and Ray Johnson.
A review of the group exhibition "Strategic Vandalism: The Legacy of Asger Jorn’s Modification Paintings" at Petzel Gallery
Tracing the Roots of Photo Sharing, From Mail Art to Instagram
A review of the group exhibition "Strategic Vandalism: The Legacy of Asger Jorn's Modification Paintings" at Petzel Gallery
A Portrait of Ray Johnson in His Own Words reviews Julie J. Thomson's new book "That Was the Answer: Interviews with Ray Johnson"
Two of a Kind: Ray Johnson & Marcel Duchamp reviews Kate Dempsey Martineau's new book "Ray Johnson: Selective Inheritance"
Duncan Hannah interviewed by Jim Walrod on his career as an artist in a rapidly changing New York
‘Ray Johnson: The Bob Boxes’ spills forth at CCS : the sublime art of a known unknown...
AMERICAN BEAUTY: JASPER JOHNS, ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG, AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING FLAG...
'5 Artists Who Broke Out in 2015' describes Johnson's rising fame in 2015...
“Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957”...
'Nothing in Print' Widely lauded as the father of the mail art, Ray Johnson’s deadpan irreverence is celebrated in a January, 1968 letter to Grace Glueck of The New York Times...
THE BIENNIAL BONANZA ‘PERFORMA 15’ BRINGS US LIVE PERFORMANCES CREATED BY VISUAL ARTISTS...
'The Curtain Rises in Cyberspace', describes the email performance piece created by Brian Fuata and Susan Gibb for the Performa 15 biennial and Ray Johnson as inspiration.
'A Mail-Art Performance and Other Treats at Performa 15' describes the performance work of Brian Fuata and how he took inspiration from ay Johnson's mail-art practice.
'Please Add To and Return To: Mail Art Homage to Ray Johnson' at Printed Matter, presents images and a brief description of the exhibition that is part of the Performa NYC's biennial.
Meet the Powerhouse Art Dealer Protecting the ‘Most Famous Unknown Artist’s’ Legacy... Feigen's Frances Beatty on her career, and her drive to keep Ray Johnson's work alive
"Recalling Ray Johnson, A Pioneer of Mail Art" by Ken Johnson for The New York Times, August 27 2015. Review of Please Return To.
"I Is an Other: The Mail Art of Ray Johnson," long-form review of Please Return To by Tim Keane for Hyperallergic, August 22 2015.
Andrew Russeth reviews Ray Johnson's Art World for ARTnews, April 2015.
Robert Pincus-Witten reviews Ray Johnson's Art World in the February 2015 issue of Artforum.
"Meet Ray Johnson, the Greatest Artist You've Never Heard Of" by Rachel Tashjian on VanityFair.com. January 21 2015.
"When Mystery Keeps Works New: Jasper Johns and Ray Johnson on the Upper East Side" by Roberta Smith for The New York Times. January 15, 2015.
"Always on His Own Terms: Ray Johnson Defies Categories 20 Years After His Death" by Randy Kennedy for The New York Times. January 8 2015.
"A Selection of Ray Johnson Ephemera," Modern Painters, January 2015, 48-59.
An interview for i-D with Brendan Dugan and Jay Gorney about their show Ray Johnson at Karma. October 16, 2014.
Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis and Others Debut Homages to Artist Ray Johnson on Vogue.com. By Mark Guiducci.
NY Times Review: Life Revealed in Letters and Doodles: ‘Not Nothing’ Tries to Capture the Artist Ray Johnson, August 10, 2014 by Holland Cotter
Elizabeth Zuba interviews Clive Phillpot in BOMB magazine, Human collage, mail art, and punning with the nothing master, July 31, 2014
Frances Richard reviews The Paper Snake and Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1995 for Hyperallergic, July 26 2014.
The Lively Soul of a Decaying City:
Detroit Artists at Marianne Boesky and Marlborough Chelsea Galleries
NY Times article by Randy Kennedy, June 25, 2014
Albert Mobilio reviews the publications The Paper Snake and Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1995. Summer 2014
Permanent Recollection: Cary Loren, Dana Schutz, and Philip Levine on the Detroit Institute of Arts in Art Forum January 2014
Thibaut de Ruyter reviews Ray Johnson: Silhouettes at Berlin's Galerie Aurel Scheibler for Frieze d/e. Spring 2012.
Phillpot, Clive. BookTrek: Selected Essays On Artists' Books From 1972. Paris: JRP-Ringier, 2012.
Holland Cotter reviews the ESOPUS exhibition of Bob Warner-Ray Johnson mail art for The New York Times.
Nicholas Cullinan reviews Ray Johnson: Please Add To & Return for Burlington Magazine.
Review of Ray Johnson…Dali/Warhol, and others, “Main Ray, Ducham, Openhein, Pikabia….” by Karen Rosenberg in The New York Times.
Michael Archer reviews Ray Johnson. Please Add to & Return for Artforum.
Martin Herbert reviews the Raven Row exhibition for Art Monthly.
Anne Doran reviews the exhibition at Richard L. Feigen & Co. for Time Out New York.
Patricia C. Johnson reviews How to Draw a Bunny for the Houston Chronicle.
Jeff Shannon reviews John Walter's and Andrew Moore's documentary for The Seattle Times.
Ella Taylor reviews John Walter's and Andrew Moore's documentary for LA Weekly.
Phyllis Braff reviews Dear Jackson Pollock, Collages and Objects by Ray Johnson for The New York Times.
Raphael Rubinstein reviews How to Draw a Bunny for Art in America.
Noel Murray reviews How to Draw a Bunny for The Onion A.V. Club.
Steven Boone reviews John Walter's and Andrew Moore's documentary for Time Out New York.
Frances Richard reviews John Walter's and Andrew Moore's film for Artforum.
Elizabeth Weitzman reviews How to Draw a Bunny for the New York Daily News.
Lawrence Van Gelder reviews How to Draw a Bunny for The New York Times.
Michael Kimmelman reviews How To Draw A Bunny for The New York Times.
Review of John Walter's and Andrew Moore's documentary in The Art Newspaper.
Glen Helfand reports on How to Draw a Bunny from the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for Artforum.
Review of Ray Johnson: Correspondences by Holland Cotter in The New York Times.
A eulogy for Ray Johnson by David Bourdon in Art in America.
Review of Ray Johnson: A Memorial Exhibition by Roberta Smith in The New York Times.
Gerrit Henry reviews Works by Ray Johnson for Art in America, 1984.
Thomas Albright explores The New York Correspondance School for Rolling Stone.
Artnews calls Ray Johnson's Dollar Bill collages "devilishly good-natured homages to the famed and fabled," 1971.
Rosalind Constable explores Ray Johnson's mail art for New York magazine.
William S. Wilson examines Ray Johnson's work for Arts Magazine.
An Artforum review of Ray Johnson's first exhibition in Chicago at the Richard Feigen Gallery, 1966.
William S. Wilson reviews the New York Correspondance School for Art and Artists.