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Ray Johnson's Correspondence


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Johnson was interested with networks and communication.  His work took on different meanings when in the setting of a museum, a post office, or a friend or stranger’s home.  The process required in mail art gave his work a new dimension, and questioned the role of the artist, the viewer, and the institution.  Mail art for Johnson was a logical way to blend life and art, the individual work and the world as a whole.


"I don’t just slap things into envelopes. 

Everything I make is made for the person I am writing to."

Selected letters

To: State of Being


To: Harley



To: John Evans


Mail Art and
Ray Johnson






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Last updated:
February 28, 2018