Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Johnson mysteriously headed toward ŮThe East EndÓ of Long Island on the morning of Jan. 13, 1995. He was last seen backstroking away from a bridge that evening in Sag Harbor, N.Y. Police called his death a suicide, and it has became apparent to his friends that he had been planning his death for some time. Johnson, who lived frugally, left no will, but had $400,000 in bank accounts. A surprised group of 10 first cousins inherited his estate.
A seminal Pop Art figure, Ray Johnson has been called the most significant "unknown artist" of the post-war period, a "collagist extraordinaire" who influenced both the Pop artists and a generation of contemporary artists besides..
Enigmas are only enigmas until they become understood, well known, or even famous. So it is with Ray Johnson (1927-1995), whose death is still a puzzle, and whose life is now the subject of the recent and…