How to Draw a Bunny
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The story of the life of artist Ray Johnson is cloaked in mystery not only at the moment of his death, but also throughout a career that was difficult to know and to understand. As one of the seminal figures in the Pop Art era, Johnson is known as "the founding father of mail art" and as a "collagist extraordinaire." But, overshadowed by those like Warhol who manipulated that world in a very dissimilar manner, he was also a reclusive and sometimes enigmatic figure who has been called "New York's most famous unknown artist," but who challenged the commercial… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A coherent statement of mystery at the beginning and a resolution of that mystery at the end don't make up for the general repetition and tedium in between."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Cumulatively [Johnson's] collages, letters and performances -- and his legend -- compose a self-portrait of striking wryness and complexity."
‑ Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film itself becomes not so much a portrait of Ray Johnson as a collage. Maybe that's exactly as it should be."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"In the end, you may not know Ray Johnson any better than his friends - you know stories, but not what motivated him to do what he did... Still, an interesting portrait."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Director/editor John W. Walter takes Johnson's own approach, piecing together individual reflections on the man to create a portrait of an artist"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Worth seeing, especially for anyone interested in American art history."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A not-always-engaging look at the strange life of Pop artist Ray Johnson."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Simply put, Ray Johnson was neither good nor original. All that he did in his 'art' was done before and better by others. That the same can be said of his documentarian's film may be a small synchronicity, but that's all it is. What it is not is art."
‑ Dan Schneider,
"If you have any interest in Raymond Johnson and his pop art, maybe you, too, will learn How to Draw a Bunny."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"This is one of the most compelling character studies to hit the screen in a long time."
‑ , E! Online
"Serves as worthy tribute to a true original, an 'artist's artist' for whom life itself was a singular mode of expression."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A seamless model of form and content."
‑ Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
"As rewarding a 90 minutes as you can devote to a subject who did his best to remain eternally unknowable."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"a unique and fascinating look into the life of a unique and fascinating individual"
‑ Christopher Null,
"This enthralling documentary ... is at once playful and haunting, an in-depth portrait of an iconoclastic artist who was fundamentally unknowable even to his closest friends."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
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