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Ray Johnson
Marcel Duchamp’s Mother’s Potato Masher
Collage on paper

19 3/4 x 14 7/8 inches
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of BEST Products, Inc.

Whitney Museum of American Art

Excerpt from Ray Johnson Estate:


Ray Johnson: Correspondences
Whitney Museum of American Art
January 14 - March 21, 1999

Ray Johnson: Correspondences presents multiple perspectives on the collages, correspondence art and performance events of an artist who made it his life’s work to confound. Like the anthropological figure of the trickster, Johnson’s works are slippery, elusive, difficult to pin down. This is their sly delight.

Excerpt by Donna De Salvo and Catherine Gudis as published in the exhibition catalogue.

This exhibition later traveled to the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where it was shown from September 17-December 31, 2000.

Read more about the exhibition catalogue here.

Editor’s Note:

Ray Johnson Estate Website
The Ray Johnson Estate website is an encyclopedic resource concerning Ray Johnson’s life and work including: biography and illustrated timeline; images of the artist’s work organized by category/discipline; museum, university and gallery exhibitions; publications and press; films, research and other important information. Refer to: for additional information.


Raymond Edward "Ray" Johnson, American, (1927-1995)
b. October 16, 1927, Detroit, MI
d. 1995

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