Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)
Nam June Paik
Combining collage, performance, and Conceptualism, Johnson broke new ground in the use of language in art. He devised the term “moticos” for several elements in his work, including these irregular compositions and his poetic texts. In the late 1950s, Johnson sent art through the mail to friends, acquaintances, and strangers. He solicited participation from the recipients, asking them to add to his work. Johnson was one of the first artists Nam June Paik met upon his arrival in New York in August 1964, and they remained friends until their deaths.
Ray Johnson (American, 1927–1995). 2nd Marilyn Monroe 1926-1962. 1967. Gouache, crayon, and colored ink on layered board on board with gouache– 16 7/8 x 13 5/8" (42.8 x 34.3 cm). Frances Keech Bequest. � 2008 The Estate of Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson (American, 1927-1995). Untitled (Exercising Figures with Moticos). 1955–59/1973. Assemblage of printed paper and painted paper with ink, colored ink, pencil, and colored pencil on board, 13 5/8 x 13 1/2" (34.6 x 34.3 cm). The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift. � 2008 The Estate of Ray Johnson
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