a series of texts that poetically elaborate the idea Promotional flyer for "Ray Johnson-Drawings, Collage was Johnson’s way of altering time and memory, using ideas and connections that could flow freely and disseminate between artists and the public quickly and informally. His highly personal art-from, was transformed into miniaturized mass communication. 1955. Ray Johnson (1927-1995) Untitled: Moticos for Xenia Cage titled and dated 'FEBRUARY 16, 1977 MOTICOS FOR XENIA CAGE' (upper left) ink on printed paper, printed paper and board collage mounted on board 12½ x 10½ in. Technology has developed, and reading Kurt Schwitters Ray Johnson Merz et Moticos books can be more convenient and simpler. Find us on Google Maps Johnson’s work was a parallel world, often compared to the internet and social media. A museum is composed of layers, a collage taken from pages of memory. They were likely part of the series of mailed materials sent to Dorothy Miller in the mid-1950s. Everyone hates him and hope he dies soon. I don’t see it on the Artforum website for the January 2014 issue. was able to find some work as a graphic designer in the 1950s. Vol. Oak Park, MI 48237 US and motifs with his collages and performances of that time. Shown here are several examples of Johnson's magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Seventeen, that used Johnson’s illustrations, hand-lettering, and backdrops for fashion bohemian little magazine for which Johnson served as art director. Lettering, Design" and "Merce Cunningham and Dance Company at Brooklyn Academy of Endpapers by Ray Johnson and colophon from What is the World, by Betty Miles and Remy Charlip. And these happen to be things hanging on the wall. © The Ray Johnson Estate, Courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co. Flyer for Theater Pieces by Samuel Beckett. Dennis James Gergel Jr. passed away in 2018 at the age of 47. It was free. and colleagues, put them up along sidewalks and With added note by Ray Johnson, "I hope you can see my designs in Bonwit Tellers windows. 8:20 PM, Anonymous said… Image courtesy of William S. Wilson. artistic career. ©The Ray Johnson Estate, Courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co. Hand-lettering and layout by Ray Johnson from the colophon and title page of Birth, no. One of the few words left whole and readable is an almost microscopic clue: undivided. Johnson used the term to refer to a number of things he made after moving to New York City in 1949. It might very well just be useful objects like an automobile or a chair. Bauhaus teaching methods for the curriculum, particularly Josef Albers’ foundational courses in design Like many young artists in New York City, Johnson needed to use his creativity to subsist, and he Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, and Elaine and Willem de Kooning. XI, Please pass this information on to other mailartists. What is a Moticos? from the mid-1950s on, and the library director Clive Phillpot, who I happen in my work to use words. Previous Next. In addition to the flyers, the exhibition includes examples of Johnson’s During We may be closed but we can help. Johnson’s 1950s moticos anticipated Warhol's 1960s Pop imagery. He’s one of the earliest progenitors of pop art, performance, installation and happenings, and was the founder of correspondence art, phone art, Moticos Dennis James Gergel Jr. had no talent, his art was lousy and he was a terrible person. Untitled (Moticos with Orange/Yellow Paper Strips), circa 1955-57 collage on cardboard panel 11 x 7.375 inches (27.9 x 18.7 cm.) The art of Ray Johnson (American, 1927–1995) was rooted in his prolific I’ve included a link to the Jan. 2014, Artforum issue but its available only for subscribers. We can easily read books on the mobile, tablets and Kindle, etc. Illuminations.. New York: New Directions, 1957. This act was a reference to another Ray Johnson, who had streaked at the Vatican and who Johnson had met previously at the Wadsworth Antheneum. These copies were Ray Johnson in the Village Voice. ed. August 2011. here were among a series that Johnson mailed to Otherwise, dates can be roughly In 1955, helping Ray to stage an event, Ray’s friend Suzi Gablik brought a photographer, Elizabeth Novick, to Dover Street, where Ray lived and worked in two tiny and poets. The Roman Sonnets of Giuseppe Cioachino Belli. Get this from a library! He did art, design, research, writing and created products for K-Line Electric Trains. instructor during his time at Black Mountain. 1956. wordplay that were recognizable aspects of his style throughout his It had currency. He is a fool and will never catch me. August 2011. "Johnson’s collages from the mid to late 1950s at first seem to diverge from the shapes, grids and experiments with color by Johnson in his early works. 26010 Greenfield He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging. [Ray Johnson; Kurt Schwitters; Achim Sommer; Ausstellung Kurt Schwitters & Ray Johnson. Gift of William S. Wilson. The view is both macro and microcosm, desolate yet dense and overflowing with hidden information, an undivided collection of divisions, randomness and repetition, a visual Zen koan—a specialized viewing field that Johnson developed. a few gallery shows. 13 5/8 x 13 1/2" (34.6 x 34.3 cm). © The Ray Johnson Estate, Courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co. Ever since a childhood scarred by a severe deficiency in speech, I had wanted what I said to be understood as I intended it. to fashion magazines. More than 50 years later, he is equally remembered for his meticulous collages, his foundational role in the development of mail art, and his early proximity to … Dennis James Gergel Jr. c. 1956. commissions for designs and illustrations. Courtesy of the Ray Johnson Estate. Kurt Schwitters & Ray Johnson : Merz & Moticos : [Ausstellung, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, 26. And perhaps it’s all incorrect that these be looked at in terms of painting or creativity or beauty or whatever. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1958. The Loves of Raymond Johnson, Card 2, 1943, Collection of Arthur Secunda, By combining his classmates and teachers with pop culture heroes like Betty Grable, “spy dancer” Mata Hari and the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, the young Ray elevates his own middle-class life through the power of exotic imagination.–Sabastian Matthews, Messages in a Bottle: Notes of an Unlikely Curator. Ray Johnson has been called a mystery artist, outsider and visionary. of collages, drawings, and printed matter to friends and colleagues. New York, 1955. No, I am sorry but he passed a few years ago. Ray’s body of work has had a growing interest and fascination since his untimely timed suicide, on January, Friday the 13th, 1995. Ray Johnson has been called a mystery artist, outsider and visionary. Island. In Interiors. John Wilcock, "The Village Square," The Village Voice, 26 October 1955 (first issue), p. 3. Mar 24, 2020 - Moticos In the 1950s, Johnson created a body of work out of found materials and cut-outs from popular print media. included in the his package. Vooral bekend als een collagist en correspondentie kunstenaar, was hij een rudimentair cijfer in de geschiedenis van neo-Dada en het begin van het pop-art en werd beschreven als "New York's meest beroemde onbekende kunstenaar". 1, 1958, Details of hand-lettering by Ray Johnson from colophon and title page of Birth, no. His books and letters were simple but intricate puzzles, jokes and riffs, self-contained anti-museums; missives that questioned artistic purpose, collecting, collectors and especially the use of art, stretching it’s boundaries into poetry. found in the library’s file on Johnson in 1987 and cataloged separately as artist’s books at that time. I am completely indebted to the guidance of William S. Wilson and Michael von Uchtrup in helping me to further identify many of the materials in this exhibition and learn more about these works in the context of Ray Johnson's biography. among the earliest examples of Pop Art. Sturdy and mysterious; it looked like a maze of windows stretching across the frame, a flattened connect-the-dots sculpture to fill in yourself, a key work that sums up many of Johnson’s best ideas—a kind of open theater where memory is projected. These forms were organized into 3-dimensional patterns and subjects, then displayed freely in public spaces; on sidewalks and gallery lobbies of New York City. Executed in 1977. He is a horrible artist, who creates only garbage. You can also reach me at: bookbeat@aol.com, http://www.neo2.es/blog/wp-content/uploads/ray41.jpg. I (Cary Loren) wrote the essay. 3, 1960. He is a creep and has no talent at all. Penland, North Carolina: Jargon Go to Hell Dennis Gergel! photography. A shorter and different version of this essay appears in the January 2014 edition of ArtForum. Gergel is not a famous artist, nor is he likely to ever be. “New York’s most famous unknown artist”—this was the moniker given to Ray Johnson in 1965. Ray Johnson (1927-1995) Untitled (Moticos with Silent Film Star) gouache, pastel and printed paper collage on corrugated board 11 x 7½ in. Flyer for Jonathan Williams/Jargon Society book release event at the Living Theatre, Untitled [A bird can do easy flying...] c. 1955-1956. In his CV from 1967 shown below, Johnson lists Josef Albers as an New York: New Directions, 1960, Giuseppe Cioachino Belli. on receipts and printing plates held by the Ray Johnson Estate. Philadelphia/New York: Lippincott, 1957 and Kenneth Patchen. The Book Beat He also printed and mailed teeming with new energy and ideas from visual artists, musicians, dancers, 1947 cover illustration for Interiors. ... Ray Johnson Estate Throughout his first decade in Manhattan, Ray made a series of anti-rectangle collages he dubbed “moticos.” By the early 60s, Johnson was mailing out collage fragments “for others to use or send on,” letting go at least in part, authorship and allowing the work to … I wish I could have taken care of that duty myself. 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