Ray Johnson - age: 67

Ray Johnson

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ABOUT

Conceptual artist associated with Neo-Dadaism, Pop Art, and the Fluxus movement and known for his experimental art. Founded the New York Correspondence School, a mail-art network.He began work on 200 silhouettes in the mid-1970s, using Andy Warhol, William S. Burroughs, and David Bowie among his subjects. He eventually retreated to his home in Locust Valley, rarely ever stepping back into public view but continuing to be prolific.He featured Roy Lichtenstein in a collage piece.

BEFORE FAME

He attended radically progressive Black Mountain College, where he was mentored by Josef Albers. He relocated to New York City in 1949 with Richard Lippold, his lover at Black Mountain.

PERSONAL LIFE

He was born in a working-class neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. He committed suicide at the age of 67. After his death, filmmakers Andre Moore and John Walter created the documentary, "How to Draw a Bunny," about his life.

The meaning of the name Johnson: Son Of John

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Pop Artist Ray Johnson were born on Sunday, birthstone is Opal, the seaon was Fall in the Chinese year of Rabbite, it is 283 days until Ray Johnson next birthday.

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