Please Send To Hans Bellmer

Ray Johnson (1927 - 1995)
Mail Art - torn out nudie magazine with marker
Circa: 1980
Size: 8" x 11" (sight) | 15 1/4" x 18 1/4" (frame)
An excellent example of a Ray JohnsonRay Johnson, "Please send to..." A full page from a "nudie magazine" with a woman bathing a plastic baby where Johnson makes reference to the German artist Hans Bellmer (1902-1975) who often incorporated dolls into his work. Johnson uses the crack of the nude woman's legs and tushy as the mouth for his signature bunny.

was a seminal figure in the world of Mail Art, a unique and innovative artistic movement that emerged in the mid-20th century. He is often regarded as the father of Mail Art, pioneering the use of the postal system as a medium for creating, sharing, and disseminating art. Johnson's art, often characterized by its collage-based and highly personalized nature, challenged traditional notions of art and blurred the lines between art and everyday life. Through his intricate correspondence, which included letters, postcards, and small, handcrafted artworks, he created a vast network of artists and enthusiasts who shared his passion for this unconventional art form. These creations were often filled with cryptic symbols, puns, and references, blurring the lines between art and life, public and private, and reality and fiction. Johnson's works were infused with humor and a sense of playfulness, challenging conventional notions of art and communication. His Mail Art creations became a catalyst for artistic collaboration and a testament to the power of art to transcend boundaries, both physical and conceptual.

Provenance: Sold to Peter Brams from Diego Cortez in the 1980s.


Condition: Excellent.

Price: $4,800.00