Jun 20, 2019 - Sale 2514

Sale 2514 - Lot 80

Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
RAY JOHNSON (1927-1995)

Untitled (To Julian Beck).

Group of 4 paper items, including a postcard with a photograph of City Hall, Montreal, a handwritten note by Johnson in ink, a hand-written addressed envelope by Johnson in crayon and a blank strip of card stock with string attached, 1959.

Additional Details

Julian Beck (1925-1985), the recipient of this correspondence from Johnson, and his wife Judith Malina were co-founders in 1947 of The Living Theatre, an experimental and influential New York theatre group. Beck and Malina were life partners in an open marriage, and Beck had a long-term relationship with Ilion Troya, an actor in the company. Malina and Beck shared a lover in Lester Schwartz, a bisexual shipyard worker who was the third husband of Andy Warhol acolyte Dorothy Podber.