On New York’s Most Famous Unknown Artist, for Fine Books

In the final years of Ray Johnson’s life, the artist famed for his collages and mail art made a shift to photography. It remained an obscure part of his practice until this year, and I wrote about it for the Summer 2022 issue of Fine Books Magazine:

Nearly three decades since his death, these photographs deepen the understanding of an often elusive creator who was anointed “New York’s most famous unknown artist” for how he deliberately stepped out of the mainstream. But he never stopped producing the extraordinary out of the most humble materials, leaving behind a whole project as a last act of correspondence for people to see through his eyes.

Read the full story in print in Fine Books Magazine.