Feb 08, 2024 - Sale 2658

Sale 2658 - Lot 74

Price Realized: $ 875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800

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 handwritten addressed envelope by Johnson in crayon and a blank strip of card stock with string attached. Various sizes. 1959.

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.