Los Angeles

Eugenia Butler

Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design

An artist who operated in the same late-’60s circles as Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner and whose work was included in early exhibitions of Conceptual and post-Minimalist art such as “Electric Art” at UCLA (1969), “Prospect 69” at the Kunsthalle Du¨sseldorf, and “Concept Art” at the San Francisco Art Institute (1970), Eugenia Butler has been as pioneering as any practitioner in her field. Yet as curator Anne Ayres notes in this exhibition’s catalogue, history has granted Butler less than her due. In a move toward a remedy, Ayres, building on the research and cataloguing efforts of Los Angeles–based critic and historian M.A. Greenstein, brought together fifty-eight works as well as assorted ephemera and documents to survey over thirty-five years of Butler’s production.

Butler’s early text-based works seem to epitomize the notion—now so fundamental as to be

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