February 28, 2015 - Alicia Starr is exceptionally kind, generous and thoughtful. She sent me a copy of the Challenging Rectangles catalog that was available at a very popular Ray Johnson exhibit in New York City last year. I know some IUOMA members attended in addition to Alicia. This beautiful catalog, with an essay by William S. Wilson, was apparently issued several years before the recent exhibition that garnered so much praise and generated so much excitement. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the show, which makes Alicia Starr’s gesture all the more touching. (I do not know much about the details of the show that generated the buzz. Maybe someone could report.) You should be able to click and enlarge the scans.
Given copyright concerns, I will provide excerpts and not re-publish the entire catalog.
William S. Wilson was close friends with Ray Johnson. He is one of the leading Johnson experts and scholars today. Last year, he was active in the network, sending mail to many artists. I was thrilled he included me, and I blogged the missive at the IUOMA. (I discovered after the fact our mystery artist was William S. Wilson; that was confirmed 100%.):
As you might expect, the Wilson essay is FAB. Here is a small excerpt:
You can read the complete essay here:
The catalog includes images of some great art by Ray Johnson:
Note the reference to the legendary Blue Eyes Club, second only to the Spam Radio Club. The various fan clubs you see in the network today are mostly derived from the clubs Ray Johnson started.
Many thanks Alicia Starr!