1. ANT by Ray Johnson, 1987.

     
  2. RAY JOHNSON: NOTHING VS. NOTHING AT THE NY ART BOOK FAIR

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

    PRINTED MATTER’S NY ART BOOK FAIR AT MOMA PS1

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in The Classroom. Free and open to the public.

    Ray Johnson: Nothing vs. Nothing with Mark Bloch and Elizabeth Zuba

    Multi-media artist Mark Bloch and writer/editor Elizabeth Zuba bring together their distinct visual and literary perspectives to explore Ray Johnson’s innovative interpretations of “the book” and its relationship to his concept-practice of Nothing.  Mail-, Pop-, Conceptual-artist Ray Johnson began making small, dense artists books in the 1950s; over the next 40 years the books went through a dimensional transformation that transcended the limits of space-time into simultaneously ephemeral and eternal ouroboroi of endless pages of return. “This third paragraph (…) has been cut out because it did not have the element of surprise like seeing the moon in the sky.” (Ray Johnson, 1967) Presented by Siglio in conjunction with the publication of Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1994.

     
  3. Seize the last chance to see the exhibition “Ray Johnson Designs”

    and join us to celebrate Siglio’s newest publication

    NOT NOTHING: SELECTED WRITINGS

    BY RAY JOHNSON, 1954-1994

    Edited by Elizabeth Zuba with an essay by Kevin Killian

    at the

    MUSEUM of MODERN ART LIBRARY

    Wednesday, September 24, 6 – 8 p.m.

    Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street, 6th floor.

    RSVP: library(at)moma.org

    PDF invite

     
  4. A collage by Ray Johnson to Pablo Picasso, 1991.

     
  5. A geometric collage by Ray Johnson, 1984-85.

     
  6. A collage by Ray Johnson featuring what looks like a sculptural piece by Walter de Maria and addressed to another “Walter,” 1991.

     
  7. All ears.

     
  8. Pickle the French bulldog visited some Ray Johnsons at Rachel Uffner Gallery this summer.

    picklebeholding:

    The Crystal Palace at Rachel Uffner Gallery.
    June 26 - August 16, 2014

     
  9. Ray…was encouraging artists all over the world to make and trade mail as an art activity…Some of these letters were finished statements or handmade objects; others were exquisite corpses conducted by mail, objects that traveled and accumulated the mojo of human touch and attention as they were ever modified. 

    Ray’s handmade work…had a purposive childishness, but also a readily appreciable design rigor—a controlled looseness, beautiful color, shape and textural sense, a mastery of a private hieroglyphics of bunnies and goo-goo eyes.

    He was a major alchemist, employing the power of the small, personal gesture.”

    "Please Forward Contents" by Gary Panter at The Paris Review

     
  10. While all of Johnson’s work is visually alluring, the deeper importance of mail art was not immediately apparent because the significance increased only as more people participated…

    The network grew to include thousands of people and hundreds of thousands of letters. If you chose to count them individually, you could say that mail art was one of the most prolific movements of the 20th century.”

    Jonathon Keats on “Ray Johnson Designs” at forbes.com

     
  11. NOTHING (copyright Ray Johnson)

    A sketch in marker (top) becomes a more finished composition (bottom).

     
  12. Clam with Earring by Ray Johnson.

     
  13. CHUNK by Ray Johnson, 1989.

     
  14. New Guinea Correspondence School (complete with feather).

     
  15. Ray Johnson Collages: One Cent Each