A Modern Orfeo
Elodie Lauten -
'... a pleasing half-hour chamber opera ...'
Ray Johnson was a member of Warhol's circle, a conceptual artist known within the New York avant garde primarily for his elusiveness. In 1995, aged sixty-seven, he committed suicide by jumping from a bridge and drowning, leaving a carefully arranged studio which said, in effect, that his death was to be interpreted as his final piece of performance art.
The parallels between his story and the myth of Orfeo are weak and the parallels with Dante's Divine Comedy even weaker but Michael Andre conflates the three stories anyway...
Copyright © 8 August 2011