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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,706, 14 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,706, 14 March 2004
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Color
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Son Of Godzilla - Main Title
Composed by Masaru Satô
Courtesy of Toho Music Corporation
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Great film
8 November 2006 | by twogriffinSee all my reviews

It is obvious his suicide was planned and it was a work of art. It seems so. I had to watch this film for a abnormal psych class and i'm supposed to determine the diagnosis for this guy, this is something that Ray Johnson himself would probably love, because he's see it as a game, and he was constantly playing games, loving playing games, always living in a game.. i guess, from seeing the film. When he was younger I don't know if he was like this, he seemed to develop this was of being after being in the art game? for a while. He is a very lovable character, a real character.. "a pure spirit," "incorruptable".. according to one of his former lovers and artist friend of many years. It seems no one really knew him well in the film except for this one man. I guess if you want to get to know Ray Johnson, you can talk to him. But, mostly you can refer to the messages in his art. Like the message in a bottle and then a body in the water.. it can tell a story.

What is so remarkable to me is that he is willing to die for this to be his life.. you reap what you sow seems a banal comment to make on this.. he was .. art. so he died as a part.

playing a part.

another deadly da da ist joke.

when he set up his house as a studio highly organized work space


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