Ray Johnson - Evening & Day Editions New York Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Feigen Contemporary, New York
    New York Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cerebral and enigmatic, Ray Johnson was an artist that disallows categorization. A creator of content free performances called Nothings, a writer, artist, poet, collagist, and perhaps most well-known for his pioneering involvement in mail art, specifically the movement of art to friends and acquaintances through the postal service which he called New York Correspondence School. The following three collages convey a similarly recondite and alluring presence as the artist’s persona. Compiled of scraps and stamps, mentions of fellow artists Warhol, Indiana and Rosenquist, with portraiture and animal forms, in ink wash and line; these works intrigue with layers of esoteric meaning and references.

From a Selection of Works on Paper (lots 1-18)


Untitled (Andy with Cows)

Mixed media collage with ink in colors, on illustration board, the full sheet,
S. 15 x 14 7/8 in. (38.1 x 37.8 cm)
signed and dated `1976' in pencil, with the Estate of Ray Johnson stamp on the reverse of the frame and inventory #10557, framed.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auctions 21 April 2015