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Douglas Huebler

Camden Arts Centre

A kinder, gentler Conceptualist: This is the honorific curators Mark Godfrey and Jenni Lomax attempt to bestow on Douglas Huebler—one they hope will elevate him from his current status as perhaps the most important overlooked figure in Conceptual art.The first large scale exhibition of Huebler’s work in Britain features thirty-five photo- and text-based pieces from the late ’60s and early ’70s and focuses, to quote Lomax, on the “humane and humorous vein” in Huebler’s work. The back cover of the accompanying catalogue boasts a photograph of the artist flanked by Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner, and Joseph Kosuth. Shot on the occasion of Seth Siegelaub’s landmark show “January 5-31, 1969” it locates Huebler at the center of the Conceptual vanguard. With his name barely a footnote in current accounts of the movement, however, the question asserts itself. Why didn’t Huebler achieve lasting

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