The Futurists and Dada artists are often dragged in as
progenitors for mail art, but until RAY JOHNSON
(1927-1995) developed it as a distinct verbal-visual activity,
from his early beginnings in the mid-forties, correspondence
as art
was incidental and did not warrant separate
treatment as a distinct form of art.
"...I think the New York Correspondence School was truly
communicative simply because I was able to wheel the
ping-pong paddle and to keep the ball on the move..."
- Ray Johnson.