In 1975, I had an amusing evening of convoluted conversation, seated between Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol (at a dinner at the Metropolitan Club in New York), and began my long, challenging relationship with Ray Johnson shortly thereafter. During the late 70s, while studying Surrealism by day, I spent my share of nights at Studio 54, which was then frequented by all three artists. Having thought about them separately, and written about them a bit (the Warhol/Johnson connection is fertile ground), I was particularly intrigued when Frédérique Joseph-Lowery came to me with an idea for an exhibition about Johnson, Dali, and Warhol.
Excerpt by Frances Beatty as published in the exhibition catalogue.
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