© Ray Johnson Estate

© Ray Johnson Estate



Frieze & Ray Johnson Estate are collaborating to continue the legacy of the ‘New York Correspondence School’.

Frieze have redistributed one of Ray Johnson’s original ‘Add to and Return’ templates to their participating galleries. Over 50 artists have responded to the project so far, as well as students from NYU and members of the ‘Frieze Teens’ education program.


on view

May 2– 5, 2019
Frieze New York

Randall’s Island Park

March 14 – May 14, 2019
80 Washington Square East Gallery

Broadway at East 10th
New York, NY 10003




Ray Johnson (1927–1995) was a seminal Pop Art figure in the 1950s, he was also an early conceptualist, and a pioneer of ‘mail art’. Johnson attended the legendary Black Mountain College and then moved to New York, where he began focusing on collage as a medium. Collage’s combinatory principles became central to his art, which grew to encompass performance, conceptual art, and sculpture. By the late 1950s, Johnson’s practice of mailing collages to friends and acquaintances became a primary artistic focus, directly giving rise to the Mail Art movement. In 1962, Johnson began sending letters with instructions to “Please Add To...” and thus the New York Correspondence School was born. Today, even after Johnson’s death, the New York Correspondence School is an international network of individuals who exchange missives and mail art through the postal system. Participating artists have included James Rosenquist, May Wilson, Andy Warhol, Coco Gordon, Arakawa, Edith “Little Edie” Beale, John Willenbecher, Mary Bauermeister, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Ruth Asawa, Karl Wirsum, Betty Parsons, Billy Name, Joe Brainard, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha and Lynda Benglis.

Read more about Ray Johnson here