Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ray Johnson (1927 – 1995)

Today is the 20th anniversary of Ray Johnson's death.

On January 13, 1995, he was seen diving off a bridge in Sag Harbor, Long Island, and then backstroking out to sea. His body washed up on the beach the following day.

The above green shoe box was found in Johnson's house after this death. It contains collage fragments, many of which reference the suicide of Andrea Feldman, one of Andy Warhol's superstars.  Several other elements of the contents of the box (along with other clues) have led some to speculate that the artist considered his drowning a "last performance".

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