RAY JOHNSON AND FRIENDS

Exhibition Posters and Ephemera from the Collections of William Wilson and the Estate of Ray Johnson
October 15 - November 15, 2014
Printed Matter is pleased to present Ray Johnson and Friends: Exhibition Posters and Ephemera from the Collections of William Wilson and the Estate of Ray Johnson, a selection of rare posters and ephemera from the late 1950’s to the early 1980’s. The exhibit will run from Wednesday, October 15th through Saturday November 15th.

Ray Johnson could arguably be described as the most “insider” of “outsider” contemporary artists. Mentored by such luminaries as Anni Albers, John Cage and Elaine de Kooning at Black Mountain College, Johnson was quickly immersed in the downtown society of experimental artists when he moved to New York in 1949. This diverse group of visionary personalities are frequently referenced in Johnson’s early work; and as his correspondence and mail art practice developed, the artists’ network of friends, mentors, and protégés would become the vehicle for the circulation – as well as the very realization – of his growing body of work. Often associated with the early pop-art movement, Johnson also had close working relationships with Fluxus, early performance art and experimental theater, and many other groups within the creative community. When Johnson began a drawn out retreat from the art-world in the late 1960’s, this complex of associations and friendships would become a primary site for his continued mail art practice, until his death in 1995.

The exhibition includes a number of Ray Johnson exhibition posters from the 1960’s and 1970’s. In addition, there is an eclectic selection of the posters and ephemera of Johnson’s contemporaries, many of them close friends and collaborators, including Allan Kaprow, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Larry Poons, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Bridget Riley, Robert Smithson, and Ben Vautier.

Most of the material in the exhibition is being generously consigned from Ray Johnson’s long time friend and associate, the scholar William Wilson, who was an active participant in Johnson’s extended community. The Estate of Ray Johnson, has also generously consigned a selection of Johnson posters for the exhibit as well. All of the items are for sale.

Special thanks to Michael Von Uchtrup who collaborated with Printed Matter’s Max Schumann on the conception and facilitation of this exhibition.
Checklist
  1. Ray Johnson
    Untitled [Ray Johnson Head Stamps]
    R. Johnson
    Out of stock
  2. Ray Johnson
    Untitled [November 14, 1974 Letter]
    R. Johnson, November 1974
    Out of stock
  3. Ray Johnson
    Untitled [Woman with Snake Letter]
    Locust Valley, NY: R. Johnson, January 1975
    Out of stock
  4. Ray Johnson
    Untitled [Only U, Rose]
    Locust Valley, NY: R. Johnson, March 1975
    $1,000.00
  5. Ray Johnson
    Untitled [SMILE]

    Out of stock
  6. Ray Johnson and E.M. Plunkett
    Untitled [Max Ernst Fan Club]
    R. Johnson
    Out of stock
  7. Ray Johnson
    Untitled [Anita O'Day Faces]
    R. Johnson, 1977
    Out of stock
  8. Ray Johnson
    A Book About Death
    New York, NY: Between Books, 2005
    500
    $50.00
  9. William Wilson and Ray Johnson
    Ray Johnson
    New York, NY: Between Books, 1978
    size unknown
    $25.00
  10. Ray Johnson
    The Paper Snake
    New York, NY: something else press, 1965
    $225.00
  11. Ray Johnson
    Ray Johnson : Richard Feigen Gallery, 27 East 79 Street, February 17 - March 21
    New York, NY: Richard Feigen Gallery, 1970
    $100.00
  12. Ray Johnson
    ICE : Ray Johnson, Willard Gallery April 26-May 21
    New York, NY: Willard Gallery, 1966
    $500.00
  13. Ray Johnson
    Ray Johnson : Willard Gallery, 29 E. 72 St New York, April 25 - May 27 1967
    New York, NY: Willard Gallery, 1967
    $100.00
  14. Ray Johnson, Hairy Who and Karl Wirsum
    A Book About Death (Page 8 & 9)
    New York, NY: Ray Johnson, 1963-1965
    unknown
    Out of stock
  15. Elizabeth Zuba, editor
    Not Nothing : Writings by Ray Johnson
    Los Angeles, CA: Siglio Press, 2014
    Out of stock
  16. Ray Johnson
    Untitled [MEDICAL HELP]
    Locust Valley, NY: R. Johnson
    $300.00
  17. Ray Johnson
    Untitled (Birth Announcement)

    Out of stock
  18. Ray Johnson
    Untitled [Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen]
    Locust Valley, NY: R. Johnson, July 1976
    Out of stock
  19. Ray Johnson
    Untitled [Kool Club Kachina Club]
    Locust Valley, NY: R. Johnson, 1976
    Out of stock
Checklist
  1. Ray Johnson
    Ray Johnson: New York Correspondence School : Please Add & Return to Ray Johnson
    Roslyn, NY: Nassau County Museum, 1984
    $450.00
  2. Ray Johnson
    Ray Johnson : Willard Gallery, 29 E. 72 St New York, April 6 - May 1
    New York, NY: Willard Gallery, 1965
    Out of stock
  3. Ray Johnson
    Ray Johnson : Richard Feigen Gallery, 27 East 79 Street, February 17 - March 21
    New York, NY: Richard Feigen Gallery, 1970
    $100.00
  4. Nam June Paik
    Nam June Paik
    New York, NY: The New School, 1965
    Out of stock
  5. Robert Rauschenberg
    Western Union Telegram
    Los Angeles, CA: Dwan Gallery, ca. 1965
    Out of stock
  6. Robert Smithson
    Great Salt Lake Utah / Movie Treatment for Spiral Jetty
    Los Angeles, CA: Dwan Gallery, 1970
    Out of stock
  7. Ben Vautier
    Fixes Les Yeux Au Bas Du Mur
    1965
    Out of stock
  8. Roy Lichtenstein
    Untitled (Handshake)
    New York, NY: Leo Castelli Gallery, 1962
    Out of stock
  9. Allan Kaprow
    Untitled (I’m Asking You…)
    ca. 1961
    $750.00
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