MinXus Mail Bag: Ray Johnson Exhibition Catalog with William S. Wilson Essay from Alicia Starr (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

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Alicia Starr is exceptionally kind, generous and thoughtful. She sent us a copy of the Challenging Rectangles catalog that was available at a very popular Ray Johnson exhibit in New York City last year. This beautiful catalog, with an essay by William S. Wilson, was apparently issued several years before the recent exhibition that garnered so much praise and generated so much excitement. Unfortunately, we did not attend the show, which makes Alicia Starr’s gesture all the more touching.

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Given copyright concerns, we will provide Tenderfoots with excerpts and not re-publish the entire catalog.

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William S. Wilson was close friends with Ray Johnson. He is one of the leading Johnson experts and scholars. Last year, he was active in the network, sending mail to many artists. We were thrilled he included MinXus-Lynxus. (We discovered after the fact our mystery artist was William S. Wilson):

https://minxuslynxus2.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/minxus-mail-bag-mystery-mail-art-from-new-york-city-stuffed-with-ray-johnson-material/

As you might expect, the Wilson essay is FAB. Here is a small excerpt:

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You can read the complete essay here:

http://images.rayjohnsonestate.com/www_rayjohnsonestate_com/ChallengingRect_Wilson.pdf

The catalog includes images of some great art by Ray Johnson:

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Note the reference to the legendary Blue Eyes Club.

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Many thanks Alicia Starr!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. danmouer2014
    Feb 28, 2015 @ 14:56:29

    That’s some amazingly aesthetic work for RayJo! I’m jealous.

    Reply

  2. minkrancher
    Feb 28, 2015 @ 16:07:36

    Hi Dan, I just added another scan with a Steve McQueen theme.

    I think this show had some especially good pieces. I just wish I had more background. People on FB kept going on about it, but I’m not sure of the details. I think this catalog came out in 2008. I hope one of the Tenderfoots can add clarity.

    There’s a lot of support here that RayJo was a big contributor to PopArt. I also love the Blue Eyes Club because those NY Correspondance School clubs are the basis for things we’re still doing, such as DKult.

    Thx again

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