Ray Johnson1927-1995

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Memphis, TN

$11,500 toward the acquisition of a collage by the artist for the museum’s permanent collection, selected by museum curator Marina Pacini. Johnson was an enigmatic art world figure who has been called the “most famous unknown artist.” He is remembered for his role in the early development of Pop Art and “mail art” (collage sent via the U.S. Postal Service). Johnson ultimately withdrew from others and the art world yet continued to create works of art.