William S. Wilson papers
Ridiculous Portraitphotocollages, and was a collaborator of Johnson. This collection consists of correspondence from or regarding William S. Wilson and his relatives, as well as some materials on Johnson. The collection spans 1963 to 2009.
- 1963 - 2009
- Wilson, William S., 1932- (Person)
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Collection is open for use.
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0.167 Cubic Feet (2 legal size folders)
Biographical / Historical
Wilson's mother was May Wilson (1905 - October 19, 1986), an American artist. A pioneer of the feminist and mail art movement, she is best known for her Surrealist junk assemblages and her "Ridiculous Portrait" photocollages. She was a collaborator of Johnson.
Raymond Edward "Ray" Johnson (October 16, 1927 - January 13, 1995), known primarily as a collagist and correspondence artist, was a seminal figure in the history of Neo-Dada and early Pop art. Once called "New York's most famous unknown artist", Johnson also staged and participated in early performance art events as the founder of a far-ranging mail art network – the New York Correspondence School – which picked up momentum in the 1960s and is still active today. He is occasionally associated with members of the Fluxus movement but was never a member. He lived in New York City from 1949 to 1968, when he moved to a small town in Long island and remained there until his suicide.
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