- Ray Johnson (Detroit 1927-1995) studied at Black Mountain College from 1945 to 1948. Johnson's early work consisted of painted geometric abstractions influenced by Albers' color theories, and he exhibited with the American Abstract Artists group, including Ad Reinhardt and Leon Polk Smith. Soon, however, he developed the technique of the "moticos" - small photographs mounted on walls and floors to form alienated scenes or environments which, in turn, were documented by means of photography. Johnson began to incorporate portraits of celebrities and popular movie stars such as James Dean, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, as well as comic strips and words and images from advertising, such as the Lucky Strike cigarette logo.
- In 1962 he founded the New York Correspondence School of Art, out of which came The Marcel Duchamp Club in 1971. In 1965 he had his first one-man exbition at the Willard Gallery, in New York, and for a period of many years beginning in 1966 he was represented by Richard L. Feigen. He also showed at the Betty Parson Gallery, and in Europe was given shows by Angela Flowers in London and Arturo Schwarz in Italy. Ray Johnson died in 1995.
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Based on the text on the site of The Ray Johnson Estate.
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(Photo William S. Wilson - artnet).
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