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Ray Johnson: Correspondences Hardcover – January 15, 1999

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Donna De Salvo is Curator-at-Large at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. She was formerly the Robert Lehman Curator at The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. Best known for her curatorially innovative exhibitions and catalogues Past imperfect: A Museum looks at Itself (1992, The Parrish Art Museum) and Face Value: American Portraits (1995-6)she has also served as adjunct curator for the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (January 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080136631
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080136633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part master craftsman, part zen-master. Part philosopher, part clown. This book deserves five stars because of its subject: Ray Johnson. Finally the world is treated to a decent monograph about this very important American artist and that is reason enough to run out and buy it while it's still on the shelves. Who knows how long it will stay in print. Every few years Johnson rises and falls from the public eye, always flittering in the collective unconscious of the world's cognoscenti. One either loves him or hasn't heard of him, but this screed underlines his importance once again. Better grab a copy while you can.
How important is Ray Johnson? He was one of the one of the first Pop artists. Perhaps the VERY first. He was one of the first Happenings/performance artists. Perhaps the VERY first. (He called them Nothings.) It is certainly obvious from the pictures in this book that Johnson was an important link if not THE MOST important link between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. But like Al Gore, Johnson's greatest contribution may be that he invented the Internet. Johnson really did it though-analogue style, with the help of the US postal system--stuffing paper fragments and found objects into envelopes, creating a non-linear, international communications system in the 1950s, a good five decades before anyone heard of the World Wide Web.
But not many have heard of Ray Johnson either. So what makes a book on him a must-read, must-see, must-own for anyone- not just those interested in art? Because this book is a journey into Johnson's unique world that will turn your own upside down.
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This is one of the best art books I own. If you liked the documentary on Ray and would like an comprehensive book with great reproduction, this is it.
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This is the only book on the artist ever published.
If you are interested in the book, you probably already saw
*How To Draw A Bunny*
The book adds to the art in that film. I've only read a few of the
essays, so far--
I bought the book for the art images...
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Marcel Duchamp Laundry Barge [Bateau Lavoir]. Marcel Duchamp, 1910 ...Pig's FEET !! <~ Ray Bunny Johnson
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