Bill Wilson (1932-2016)


Bill Wilson (1932-2016)

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Heavy heart-- Today I learned of the passing of my dear friend Bill, better known to many followers of his work as William S. Wilson. If you were lucky enough to know him, you understand what a great loss this is. Love to our mutual friends.

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William S. Wilson

William S. Wilson, born in Baltimore, 1932, was graduated with Honors in Philosophy of Science from the University of Virginia, then went on to Yale University where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature. He has taught at Queens College, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, and the School of Visual Arts. He has lectured on Eva Hesse at the Jeu de Paume, Tate Modern, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the College Art Association. His novel Birthplace: moving into nearness, was nominated for a Pen-Faulkner Award. He has received an N.E.A. art-writer’s grant of $10,000.00, and a $40,000.00 Warhol Foundation Grant, 2012, for a book about the life and art of Ray Johnson.


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Comment by Ruud Janssen on July 4, 2016 at 5:40am

Some of my correspondence with Bill Wilson is now online for research at:

Comment by Miss Noma 2 on June 19, 2016 at 6:02pm

"Ray made art as a way to think about what was real to him—to think about the visual arts and to think about friendship. The art of collage was most useful to him as a means of thinking about friends. He made art so that his collages were, as works of art, one of the variables in friendship. His art was a friendly endeavor, like philosophy among the Greeks in Plato’s dialogues, so that there was for him no art which was not an activity among friends. From a few such axioms many theorems follow: that art was not for profit or fame, nor even for disinterested contemplation in a purposeful purposelessness. Ultimately the most satisfying art for him was the art of friendship. Loving movement, he used art to set a set of friends in motion." (page 12)

William S. Wilson, “The Art of Friendship,” Ray Johnson: Black Mountain College Dossier #4, BMC Museum & Arts Center, Asheville, NC, 1997.

read it online:

Comment by Miss Noma 2 on June 19, 2016 at 4:27am

Updated William S Wilson: Collected Writings website !

Also now on The Face Book :  

Hope to be back posting more to IUOMA soon. 

"Page 1 opens with questions of evil in a benevolently ordered Universe. The advice of this page is to look to surfaces, not to attempt to descend into depths of meaning, or to intrude on depths of mind or interiority of soul. The implication is to do as Ray does, which is to move laterally from image to image. He works with inconsistencies and discontinuities in order to hold and to spread ideas and images on the surfaces, while allowing inconsistencies to overlap. [...] The style of lettering on Page 1 is a model for Ray's construction of himself, and an example he offers to other people. Do as each letter does, which is to remain separate and independent, while each individual letter contributes its effects to the meaningful whole word. The style of each discontinuous and inconsistent letter prevents it from disappearing into the interior of a word, while stylization of the letter presses down on that letter to formulate its own suggestions of meanings. The concern for each letter suggests the slow and deliberate delays of grief, where grief alters experiences of time. Each word has a visual rhythm of its own, with that rhythm attuned to other rhythms. ."

Text by William S. Wilson in “A Book About A Book About Death” Kunstverein, Amsterdam, 2010.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on May 20, 2016 at 5:10am

Comment by anna boschi on May 10, 2016 at 4:01pm

Galleria RAVEN ROW - Londra - Inaugurazione mostra di RAY JOHNSON / Inauguration RAY JOHNSON exhibition

Comment by anna boschi on May 10, 2016 at 3:57pm

Lo incontrai nuovamente a Londra, presso la Galleria Raven Row dove aveva portato, insieme alla signora Frances della Richard Feigen di New York, una splendida mostra delle opere di RAY JOHNSON. Allego un'altra fotografia insieme a lui di questo incontro.  Anna

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