NOT NOTHING: SELECTED WRITINGS BY RAY JOHNSON, 1954-1994. Ed. by Elizabeth Zuba. Siglio Press, Los Angeles, 2014. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 380 pp. with 101 ills. (11 col.). 26 x 20 cm. ISBN 9781938221040 In English.
Publisher's description: Ray Johnson (1927-1995) blurred the boundaries of life and art, of authorship and intimacy. Correspondence is the defining character of all of Johnson's work, particularly his mail art. Intended to be read, to be received, to be corresponded with, his letters (usually both image and textual in character) were folded and delivered to an individual reader, to be opened and read, again and again. Using a variety of letterheads, Johnson addressed letters to Joseph Cornell, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Jacques Derrida, Eleanor Antin, Germaine Greer, Lynda Benglis, Arakawa and Madeline Gins, among many others, and to his close circle of friends, such as William S. Wilson, Grace Glueck/Glook and Dick Higgins. The subjects of his correspondence ranged from the New York avant-garde (Cage, Johns, de Kooning, Duchamp) to filmmakers such as John Waters and writers such as Gertrude Stein and Marianne Moore. This collection of more than 200 selected letters and writings--most of which are previously unpublished--opens a new view into the sprawling, multiplicitous nature of Johnson's art, revealing not only how he created relationships, glyphs and puzzles in connecting words, phrases, people and ideas, but also something about the elusive Johnson himself.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Mixed Media/Collage
Worldwide Number: 163061
Paperbound $45.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)