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Postmarked Creativity: The Global Journey of Mail Art

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Mail Art, also known as Postal Art or Correspondence Art, is a fascinating artistic movement that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by its use of the postal system as a medium for creative expression. This movement, inherently democratic and accessible, allows artists to circumvent traditional gallery and museum systems, engaging directly with audiences across the globe. One of the pivotal figures in the early development of Mail Art was Ray Johnson, often considered the founding father of the movement. His "New York Correspondence School" in the 1950s and 1960s challenged conventional definitions of art by emphasizing the process of art-making over the final product. Johnson’s work involved sending small-scale drawings, collages, and abstract compositions through the mail, encouraging recipients to add to or alter the pieces before passing them along, thus creating a collaborative, ever-evolving work of art. Another significant artist in the Mail Art movement is