Queer Networks: Ray Johnson's Correspondence Art

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University of Minnesota Press
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7.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Miriam Kienle is associate professor of art history in the School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky.


"In this brilliant and revelatory book, Miriam Kienle provides a sophisticated reevaluation of one of the twentieth century's most prescient artists, Ray Johnson. She conclusively demonstrates that Johnson's work existed in, and interacted with, an intricate web of theoretical, sexual, political, and aesthetic concerns, most of which have never been broached in previous work on the artist. The result is a crucial contribution to thinking about Johnson, postwar culture, and queer politics and aesthetics."--Anthony Grudin, author of Warhol's Working Class: Pop Art and Egalitarianism and Like a Little Dog: Andy Warhol's Queer Ecologies

"Miriam Kienle's detailed study of Ray Johnson's correspondence art is intimate and focused yet expansive--much like Johnson's work itself. Finally, we have a book-length, deeply researched account of Johnson's queer ways of making and communicating. Queer Networks establishes Johnson as an inescapably centrifugal figure for the history of queer art in the 1960s and 1970s, and it argues for the wider potential of Johnson's practice of rampant recontextualization as a cipher for the social and information networks at play in postwar American culture."--David J. Getsy, author of Queer Behavior: Scott Burton and Performance Art

"Kienle analyzes in diligent detail the intriguing and sometimes bizarre ways in which Johnson used his marginal status to 'prank the art world from its periphery.' This opens a revealing new lens on an enigmatic art world figure."--Publishers Weekly