Library staff recommendation: How to Draw a Bunny

How to Draw a Bunny
by John Walter & Andrew Moore
Greenfield DVD GD373

How to Draw a Bunny is a terrific documentary about the life of Ray Johnson, “the most famous unknown artist” according to the film. Johnson became an underground icon in the New York art scene of the 1960s. He began as an abstract painter but moved to collages, sending them through the mail to friends and strangers. Johnson was a close friend of many famous artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, possibly inspiring some of Warhol’s work. Johnson’s life was art, a great, mysterious piece of art. Even his death is often speculated to have been a “last performance.” While the film cannot put together the puzzle that is Ray Johnson, it does shed some light on a great artist who, in life, did not gain the same measure of notoriety as his peers. I did not know who Ray Johnson was until I watched this film, and since then I haven’t stopped looking.

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