Each title links to a PDF.

Updated: May 30, 2016


“Ray Johnson and Dick Higgins: Reciprocities” by William S. Wilson, from the publication Black Mountain College Studies, vol. 8: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Paper Snake 2015

“Ray Johnson Aboveboard” in From BMC to NYC: The Tutelary Years of Ray Johnson, BMC Museum & Arts Center, Asheville, NC, 2010 [via The Ray Johnson Estate]

“A Book About A Book About Death,”Kunstverein, Amsterdam, 2010

“Finite But Unbounded” in Ray Johnson: The Early Years, Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York, 2007

“Ray Johnson: Challenging Rectangles” in show of same title, Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York, 2008

“Retrospections on West 23rd St.” June 15, 2006

“Ray Johnson: En Rapport” in catalogue of show of same title, Feigen Contemporary, New York, 2006

“Jackson Pollock and Ray Johnson” in Dear Jackson Pollock: Collages and Objects by Ray Johnson, Pollock-Krasner House, East Hampton, NY, 2003

“Ray Johnson and the Number 13”, Blastitude, no. 13, August 2002

“The One and the Other” in Ray Johnson: Correspondences, Wexner Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio / Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2000 [via The Ray Johnson Estate]

“Ray Johnson’s First ‘Please Send To’”, Lightworks Ray Johnson Issue, no. 22, 2000. Editor: Charlton Burch


Beatty, Frances, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, Arthur Danto, Andrew Hoyem, James Rosenquist, Amei Wallach, John Willenbecher, William S. Wilson, “Dear Friends of Ray, and Audiences of One”, New York Times, February 28, 1999

“Mel Bochner: Operational Mischief”, On Paper, July-Aug 1998

“Picasso and Portraiture: Representation and Transformation”, Art Journal, Spring 1997

“The Art of Friendship” in Ray Johnson at Black Mountain College (published as Dossier #4), BMC Museum & Arts Center, Asheville, NC, 1997

“Dan Flavin: Specifying Light”. Trans>, vol. 1 no. 2, 1996

“Eva Hesse: On the Threshold of Illusions” in Inside the Visible. Boston: ICA / Kortrijk, Belgium: Kanaal Art Foundation, 1995. Editor: M. Catherine De Zegher

“Thought Made Visible” in Mel Bochner: Continuous/Dis/Continuous, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 1995

“Marjorie Welish” in solo exhibition, E.M. Donahue Gallery, New York, 1993

“Matisse: Immured in Light”, Art Press (international edition), Paris, December 1993

“Henri Matisse: A Retrospective”, Artspace, December 1992

“Reports from New York: Abstract Painting: On a Manhattan Ice Floe II”, Artspace, July/August 1992

“Report from New York: Abstract Painting: On a Manhattan Ice Floe I”, Artspace, May/June 1992

“An Icefloe in Swan Lake”, Temporary Culture, no. 7, November 1992

“Eva Hesse: Alone and/or Only With”, Artspace, September-October 1992


“Cezanne’s Rapport” in Writers On Artists. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1988. Editor: Daniel Halpern

“The Life of the Doll in Art” in The Doll Show, C.W. Post, Long Island University, New York, 1985


“Robert Smithson: Non-Reconciliations”, Arts magazine, May 1978

“Ray Johnson Ray Johnson Ray Johnson John Willenbecher”, New York: Between Books Press, 1977. Reprints of previously published articles, mostly by W.S. Wilson

“Ray Johnson Ray Johnson “, New York: Between Books Press, 1977. Reprints of previously published articles, mostly by W.S. Wilson

“Reference and Relation,” Art Journal, Spring 1977

“Ralph Humphrey: An Apology for Painting”, Artforum, November 1977

“Ralph Humphrey”, Arts magazine, February 1976

“The Comedian as the Letter” in Correspondence. An Exhibition of the Letters of Ray Johnson, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 1976 [via The Ray Johnson Estate]

“Ralph Humphrey”, Arts magazine, February 1975

“John Willenbecher: Pyramids, Spheres, & Labyrinths”, Arts magazine, March 1975

“The Paintings of Joseph Raffael”, Studio International, May 1974

“Joseph Levi: In the Eye of the Beholder”, Artnews, February 1970

“Ray Johnson: Letters of Reference”, Arts magazine, February 1970

“Dan Flavin: Fiat Lux”, Artnews, January 1970


“Operational Images” in Directions 2: Aspects of a New Realism, Milwaukee Arts Center, 1969

“John Clem Clarke Transmits a Picture”, Artnews, Summer 1969

“Operational Color”, Artnews, January 1969

“Vincent De Beauvais’ ‘Speculum Historiale’: A Mirror on the Late Medieval World”, Auction, January 1969

“The Big Book”, The Journal of Typographic Research, July 1968

““The Big Book” re Alison Knowles, Art in America, July 1968

“Claes Oldenburg’s Store Days”, Artforum, February 1968

“Grandma Moses of the Underground”, Art and Artists, London, May 1968

“Paul Thek: Love-Death”, Art & Artists, London, April 1968

“Prince of Boredom: The Repetitions and Passivities of Andy Warhol”, Art & Artists, London, March 1968

“The Paintings of Joe Raffael”, Art and Artists, London, September 1966

“Lowell Nesbitt: Interior Spaces” in catalogue for show of same title, Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1966

“New York Correspondence School”, Art & Artists, London, April 1966

introduction to The Paper Snake by Ray Johnson. New York Something Else Press, 1965