Ray Johnson Estate Has a New Website, Rich With Mail Art, Performance Documentation, Ephemera

An envelope addressed to Johnson in his estate's archive. (© 2012 Ray Johnson Estate)

Have you ever wanted to see a photo of the inexhaustible artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995) running naked through Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center in 1979? Now you can, thanks to a new website that his estate has put together that is filled with documentation of his performances, his mail art and his sundry other productions.

The new website was announced earlier this afternoon in an email sent by Richard L. Feigen & Co.’s Frances F.L. Beatty. We’ve been having trouble getting work done since then–and we’re not even the biggest fans of Johnson’s gigantic body of work.

To get you started, here is the section for his mail art, another section devoted to envelopes from his correspondences (many of which are gorgeous) and a handy timeline of his life. Enjoy!