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How to Draw a Bunny (2002)

Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others help illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Ialacci ...
Himself - former Sag Harbor Police Chief (as Chief Joseph Ialacci)
Richard Feigen ...
Himself
Frances Beatty ...
Herself - Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Mort Janklow ...
Himself (as Morton Janklow)
Janet Giffra ...
Herself - Johnson's cousin
Richard Lippold ...
Himself
Billy Name ...
Himself
Dorothy Lichtenstein ...
Herself
...
Himself
Jeanne-Claude ...
Herself
Malka Saffro ...
Herself
Eric Granros ...
Himself
Nick Maravell ...
Himself
Peter Schuyff ...
Himself
Buster Cleveland ...
Himself (as Buster Cleaveland)

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The story of the life of artist Ray Johnson is cloaked in mystery not only at the moment of his death, but also throughout a career that was difficult to know and to understand. As one of the seminal figures in the Pop Art era, Johnson is known as the founding father of mail art and as a collagist extraordinaire. But, overshadowed by those like Warhol who manipulated that world in a very dissimilar manner, he was also a reclusive and sometimes enigmatic figure who has been called New York's most famous unknown artist, but who challenged the commercial and critical establishment. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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artist | art | new york | pop art | mail art | See All (5) »

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$2,706 (USA) (12 March 2004)

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$2,706 (USA) (12 March 2004)
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Crepuscule With Nellie
Written by Thelonious Monk
Performed by Thelonious Monk (as the Thelonius Monk Quartet)
Courtesy of Fantasy Inc.
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Funny, Sad, Fascinating Film
9 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I am an artist, I hadn't ever even heard of Ray Johnson until I stumbled upon this movie on the Sundance Channel. What a treat. It's interviews with people who "knew" Johnson - I don't think anybody really knew him.

He was very eccentric, e.g., if he was mad at you and you called him, he'd put the phone down without hanging up and go about his business - the caller could hear him moving around in the background. After some time - always varying - he'd pick up the phone, say "hello" and things would go on as if nothing had ever happened.

He really invented "mail art", sending collages to friends. He made up cost lists for his paintings, offering reductions if he cut part of the drawing/painting out.

I loved this film.


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