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50 Years of The Paper Snake

A special issue of Black Mountain College Studies dedicated to Ray Johnson's The Paper Snake, following the exhibition Something Else Entirely at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. It should be noted that Ray Johnson and Dick Higgins: Reciprocities, is the last written publication by William S. "Bill" Wilson, the acclaimed writer and Ray Johnson's unwavering champion.

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Mary Mann

"(Untitled): The Life and Work of the Artist Ray Johnson." The Believer, Summer 2015.

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Tim Keane

"Ray Johnson: The Zen Master of the Social Network." Utne Reader, Winter 2014.

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Gary Panter

"Please Forward Contents," The Paris Review "The Daily," August 27, 2014

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Gillian Pistell

Photograph of the inside of Ray Johnson’s house, January 1995. © The Ray Johnson Estate, Courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co.

Gillian Pistell, "Ray Johnson: Artist as Archivist." Interventions Journal July 3, 2014

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Julie J. Thomson

"The Art of Graphic Design: Lustig, Albers, Johnson, and the 1945 Summer Session," Journal of Black Mountain College Studies 6 (Summer 2014).

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Johanna Gosse

"From Art to Experience: The Porous Philosophy of Ray Johnson." Journal of Black Mountain College Studies 1, no.2 (2011).

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Julie J. Thomson

"To Ray J, George Brecht Knows, George Brecht's Nose: The Development of Ray Johnson's and George Brecht's Participatory and Dialogic Practices." Journal of Black Mountain College Studies 1, no.2 (2011).

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Kate Erin Dempsey

"Weaving Correspondence: Anni Albers and Ray Johnson." Journal of Black Mountain College Studies 1, no.2 (2011).

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Michael von Uchtrup

"Ray Johnson and the Road from Black Mountain College into - and Out of - New York." Journal of Black Mountain College Studies 1, no. 2 (2011).

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Robert Warner/Tod Lippy

"Yesterday's Mail: Selections from a treasure trove of mail art sent by legendary artist Ray Johnson to the optician/artist Robert Warner" and "Interview with Robert Warner by Tod Lippy," Esopus, Spring 2011.

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Retrospections on West 23rd Street

Wilson, William S. "Retrospections on West 23rd Street." New York: Printed Matter, 2006.

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William S. Wilson

William S. Wilson. "Ray Johnson and the Number 13." Blastitude 3 (2002).

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Amei Wallach

Wallach, Amei. "Dear Friends of Ray, and Audiences of One." New York Times, February 28, 1999.

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David Bourdon

Bourdon, David. “Cosmic Ray.” Art in America 83 (October 1995): 106-111.

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Mark Bloch, et al.

Bloch, Mark, Chuck Close, Jill Johnston, and Richard L. Feigen. "A Tribute to Ray Johnson." WBAI-FM, 1995.

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Clive Phillpot

Phillpot, Clive. "The Mailed Art of Ray Johnson." In Eternal Network: A Mail Art Anthology, edited by Chuck Welch, 24-32. Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary Press, 1995.

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Carol Vogel

Vogel, Carol. “Ray Johnson, 67 Pop Artist Known for His Work in Collage.” New York Times. January 19, 1995.

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Guy Trebay

Trebay, Guy. “Backstroking into Oblivion: The Riddle of Ray Johnson’s Suicide.” Village Voice, January 31, 1995.

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John Held, Jr.

Held, John Jr. “Bunny Dead: The Mysterious Life and Death of Ray Johnson and the Rise of the New York Correspondence School of Art.” National Stampagraphic 13, no. 3, (Spring 1995):20-25.

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Harry Hurt III

Hurt, Harry III. “A Performance-Art Death.” New York Journal. March 6, 1995.

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David Ebony

Ebony, David. "Ray Johnson, from The Paper Snake to Shelley Duvall," New Observations, "Bookworks,” 106 (May-June 1995).

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David Bourdon, et al.

Ray Johnson, standing, and Chuck Close, on the floor, in Close's studio on West Third Street, New York City, 1983.

David Bourdon, Robert Pincus-Witten, Nam June Paik, Chuck Close, Jill Johnston, and James Rosenquist. “Returned to Sender: Remembering Ray Johnson.” Artforum 33 (April 1995): 70-75, 106, 111-113.

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Holland Cotter

“Notes to the World (or Bend, Fold, and Spindle).” Art in America 83 (October 1995): 100-105.

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Grace Glueck

Glueck, Grace. "A Witty Master of the Deadpan Spoof," New York Times, February 19, 1983.

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Ken Friedman

Friedman, Ken. "Mail Art History - The Fluxus Factor." Flue 4, no.3/4 (1984): 18-24.

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Gerrit Henry

"Ray Johnson: Collage Jester," Art in America 72 (December 1984): 139-141.

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Diane Spodarek and Randy Delbeke

Spodarek, Diane and Randy Delbeke. "Ray Johnson Interview." Detroit Artists Monthly 3 (February 1978): 3-9.

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Nina ffrench-Frazier

ffrench-frazier, Nina. “Ray Johnson.” Arts Magazine 52 (June 1978): 8.

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John Held, Jr.

Johnson, Ray. Interview by John Held, Jr. Mid-York Library System, Utica, New York. December 2, 1977.

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Edward M. Plunkett, et al.

Plunkett, Edward M., Lawrence Alloway, John Russell, Suzi Gablik, William S. Wilson, Henry Martin, Robert Pincus-Witten, Karen Shaw, Robert Rosenblum, Lucy R. Lippard, Tommy Mew, Toby R. Spiselman. "Send Letters, Postcards, Drawings, and Objects . . . " Art Journal XXXVI (Spring 1977): 233-241.

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Lawrence Campbell

Campbell, Lawrence. "The Ray Johnson History of the Betty Parsons Gallery." Art News 72 (January 1973): 56-57.

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Thomas Albright

Albright, Thomas. "New Art School: Correspondence." Rolling Stone, April, 1972.

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Rosalind Constable

Constable, Rosalind. “The Mailaway Art of Ray Johnson.” New York Magazine, March 2, 1970.

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Christopher Andreae

Andreae, Christopher. “Happy Membership”, Christian Science Monitor, July 14, 1969.

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Oral History Interview

Oral history interview with Ray Johnson. Conducted by Sevim Feschi. 1968 Apr. 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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David Bourdon and Philip Leider

“The New York Correspondence School.” Artforum, 6 (October 1967): 50-55.

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William S. Wilson

Wilson, William S. "Ray Johnson: NY Correspondance School." Art and Artists 1 (April 1966): 54-57.

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Grace Glueck

Glueck, Grace. "What Happened? Nothing." New York Times, April 11, 1965.

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Suzi Gablik

Gablik, Suzi. “700 Collages by Ray Johnson.” Location 1 (Summer 1964) edited by Thomas B. Hess and Harold Rosenberg, 55-58.

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Four Artists in a Mansion

“Four Artists in a ‘Mansion',” Harper’s Bazaar (May 1952).

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