My Highlights from ADAA: The Art Show 2014
A fun and breezy interior magazine illustration for Argosy magazine - July, 1946 by Ray Johnson illustrating a story titled "My Son's Old Man" by Fred Malina. A classic Americana image featuring a soda jerk performing his then coveted job at a snappy modernist Art Deco styled soda fountain much to the delight of two lovely females admirers, one a brunette and the other a blonde. The lad is clearly living the dream, retains a verso label from Popular Publications with print usage clarifying that this spot interior illustration appeared on page 28 in the July 1946 edition of Argosy, a long running title which started as a pulp and later transitioned as a mens action magazine title. The gouache painting is initialed in the lower right corner and has been professionally matted and shrink wrapped.
Sight Size 10" x 10"
Signature: Signed lower right.
Interior story illustration for Argosy Magazine - July, 1946
Known for his innovative multimedia collages, multifaceted Neo-Dada and Pop artist Ray Johnson merged appropriated mass media content with his own painted forms, creating larger silhouetted images both surreal and yet recognizable for their component parts. Johnson was also a pioneer in the now worldwide “Mail Art” or “Correspondence Art” movement where works are literally sent through the postal service, expanding visual culture beyond the commercial sphere and promoting a system of equal exchange between artists. After graduating high school in 1945, Johnson studied for three years at the historic Black Mountain College under such influential artists as Josef Albers and Robert Motherwell, and befriended such art luminaries as John Cage and Merce Cunningham. He then moved to New York in 1949, enmeshing himself in the artistic community that gave rise to Pop Art. Johnson was also associated with the Fluxus and performance art movements.
American, 1927-1995, Detroit, Michigan, based in Sag Harbor, New York