Museum of Modern Art Tokyo. Ray Johnson.

Museum of Modern Art Tokyo

1990. (8 ½ x 11 in.) Flyer. Offset lithograph. Very good condition. Two horizontal creases from folding sheet in thirds. Otherwise clean and without clipping. Item #ANT180

This flyer, made five years before Johnson’s death, reproduces an image of the artist from his youth. The work comes from a time when Johnson was increasingly focusing on his age and mortality in his work. Indeed, the odd circumstances of his suicide have sometimes been viewed by critics as a final performance—and while that assertion seems difficult to deny or prove, this flyer shows how carefully Ray Johnson approached the study of his own life and death.

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