Ray Johnson



Each citation links to a PDF.

Updated: May 30, 2016

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

“New York Correspondence School”, Art and Artists. April 1966

“Ray Johnson Letters of Reference,” Arts magazine. Feb 1970

“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]

Reference and Relation in “Send Letters, Postcards, Drawings and Objects – The New York Correspondence School”, Art Journal, vol. XXXVI/3, Spring 1977.   [via The Ray Johnson Estate]

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

WSW 2006 (June 15) Retrospections on West 23rd St

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

“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

“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

Online Essays

“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

Unscanned Essays about Ray Johnson by Bill Wilson

“Drop a Line” in New York Correspondance School Exhibition, Whitney Museum, New York, 1970

“Ray Johnson” in Constellation, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, 2006

“Ray Johnson’s Book about Death” in In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists, X Initiative, New York, 2009