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Ray Johnson (Primary), Lorna Blaine Halper (Recipient), Josef Albers (Mentioned)

Letter from Ray Johnson to Lorna Halper (pg. 5 & 6)

20th century
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construction paper
Sheet: 10 x 6 7/16 in.
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Black Mountain College Collection, Gift of the Black Mountain College Project and Lorna Blaine Halper
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Ray Johnson, "Letter from Ray Johnson to Lorna Halper (pg. 5 & 6)". 1947. Grey color consturction paper. Recto: In pencil done in cursive, "5 / I am going to give up my figure - / background - green [unreadable] / problem that I have been / working on since December. / It is beginning to get on my nerves / think I'll do dots and / stripes and see what I can / do with them. I want complexity / and much happening after / simplicity and hard work trying / to see many views of one thing - / Spring is coming." A drawing of blue crayon circle around plant-like drawing with green, red and orange paper collage. Below drawing, "I had a note from Albers - he / sent me the cover from / Interiors with his lithograph / and said he paints all day". Verso: Top left corner "6" and center left edge, "PS this envelope / is schmitt / colors" From top to bottom: A rectangular pencil outlined block with crayon lines of vertical red and blue; A drawing of a cat with a hat on and neck scarf or bandana around its neck, below it says "A FAT CAT WITH A FLAT HAT"; and along bottom are three drawings of "A SOUSE, A MOUSE, A HOUSE" The souse's nose is colored in red crayon.

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