Ray Johnson c/o

Edited by Caitlin Haskell with Jordan Carter

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An engaging and scholarly introduction to the wide-ranging work of a pioneering 20th-century artist

Ray Johnson (1927–1995) was a renowned maker of meticulous collages whose works influenced movements including Pop Art, Fluxus, and Conceptual Art. Emerging from the interdisciplinary community of artists and poets at Black Mountain College, Johnson was extraordinarily adept at using social interaction as an artistic endeavor and founded a mail art network known as the New York Correspondence School.
 
Drawing on the vast collection of Johnson’s work at the Art Institute of Chicago, this volume gives new shape to our understanding of his artistic practice and features hundreds of pieces that include artist’s books, collages, drawings, mail art, and performance documentation. In keeping with Johnson’s democratic, rhizomatic, and antihierarchical ethos, this indispensable resource on the artist’s oeuvre contains 700 illustrations, many of them never before published, and twenty-one short essays by various contributors that allow readers to dip into and out of the book in a nonlinear manner.
 

Caitlin Haskell is Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art, and Jordan Carter is associate curator of modern and contemporary art, both at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Art Institute of Chicago
(November 26, 2021–March 21, 2022)
ISBN: 9780300254334
Publication Date: April 27, 2021
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago
376 pages, 9 x 12
700 color illus.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Counterpoint

Sculpture, Music, and Walter De Maria’s Large Rod Series

Edited Gavin Delahunty; With essays by Gavin Delahunty and

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Bisa Butler

Portraits

Edited by Erica Warren; With contributions by Bisa Butler,

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