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PROPERTY FROM THE JACQUELINE FOWLER COLLECTION

Ray Johnson (1927 - 1995)
MASSAGE BALL, 1967
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 28,000 USD
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485

PROPERTY FROM THE JACQUELINE FOWLER COLLECTION

Ray Johnson (1927 - 1995)
MASSAGE BALL, 1967
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 28,000 USD
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Ray Johnson (1927 - 1995)
MASSAGE BALL, 1967
ink, found paper collage and photograph on museum board mounted to museum board; signed and dated '1967'; titled on the reverse of the board
Board: 16 5/8 by 14 5/8 in. (42.2 by 37.1); Framed: 17 1/8 by 15 in. (43.5 by 38.1 cm.)
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Provenance

Willard Gallery, New York
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York
Sotheby's New York, 27 February 1976, Lot 128 
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

New York, Willard Gallery, 'Duchamp Combs/ Ray Johnson,' April - May 1967, illustrated on exhibition flyer 
Chicago, Richard Feigen Gallery, 'Ray Johnson', October - November 1967
New York, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, 'Works by Ray Johnson,' February - April 1984

Catalogue Note

'Massage Ball,' the title of which relates to a series of lithographs the artist made the following year, is emblematic of Ray Johnson's use of collage to explore seemingly disparate, often pop-related imagery.  Johnson studied at the prestigious Black Mountain College, where he studied under artists including Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell and John Cage.  The present work was included in multiple exhibitions, and was featured on the exhibition flyer for the 1967 exhibition 'Duchamp Combs / Ray Johnson' at Willard Gallery, New York. 

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