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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997

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Series 2: Writings , 1962-1997
3.7 Linear feet
Boxes 5-8, 16, OV 17

This series contains handwritten and typewritten drafts, notes, research, correspondence, photographs of works of art, and other documentation related to Butterfield's book projects, articles, catalog essays, and publicity writings.
The most extensive project in this series is Butterfield's book
The Art of Light and Space
, represented here in multiple drafts, galleys, photographs of works of art, editorial correspondence, records related to later exhibitions of the artists represented in the book, and records of an exhibition of artist portraits created for the book by the photographer James McHugh. Extensive files of photographs of works of art by the artists included in the book are also found in the photographs series. Note that the first two drafts in the series bear earlier titles,
Context, the art of light and space
, and
California Light and Space
, but are the same work.
Book projects on the artists Fletcher Benton and Leonard Cutrow are also documented in this series in correspondence, business records, photographs of works of art, and scattered typescript and printout draft writings. Butterfield does not take an author credit for these projects, but she seems to have been involved in their editing and production to different degrees. A book on outdoor sculpture in San Francisco by Warren Radford is found in draft form and appears to have been edited by Butterfield. The draft is filed at the end of the series under "writings by others".
Articles by Butterfield found in this series are mostly in the form of typescript drafts, some hand-corrected. Photocopies of Butterfield's published articles are filed with Printed Materials. Articles about artists or galleries are arranged by the subject's name. Other articles are listed in the series by title.
Many of the files relating to catalog essays by Butterfield contain extensive documentation related to the artist subjects, including multiple drafts, photographs of works of art, and research gathered about the artist or subject matter in the form of printed materials, artist biographies and CVs from galleries, notes, and correspondence. The file for Richard Shaw also contains an interview transcript, presumably for the 1981 interview by Butterfield found In the Interviews series.
Some of Butterfield's work as a publicist for artists and galleries is filed under publicity writings, which include drafts of press releases, exhibition reviews, photographs of artwork, research, and occasionally correspondence with the artist. A large amount of material is found related to Peter Erskine's project "Secrets of the Sun" (1992) including two videocassettes (VHS). An additional videocassette (VHS) is found with publicity writings for the artist Anne Labirola.
Many of the writings are based on recorded interviews that can be found in series 1, Interviews and Lectures. A variety of material related to Butterfield's work on books published by Lapis Press is found in series 3, Project files, which also contains additional publicity writings by Butterfield. Extensive writings by others on the artist George Herms are found in series 4, Personal Business Records. Many of Butterfield's writings that appeared in print are found in series 5, Printed Materials. Additional photographs of works of art by the artists about whom Butterfield wrote are found in series 6, Photographs.
Description Container Select
Books
The Art of Light and Space
Corrected Typescript Draft, 1980s
5
5-10
Typescript Draft, 1988
5
11-16
Typescript with Editor's Annotations, after 1988
Photocopy
5
17-21
Draft Fragments with Editor's Annotations
Introduction, circa 1988-1992
6
1
James Turrell Chapter, circa 1988-1992
6
2-3
DeWain Valentine Chapter, 1975, 1980, 1991
Also contains photographs, printed materials, and editorial correspondence.
Oversized item moved to Box 16, folder 1.
6
4
Notes, circa 1988-1992
6
5
Editorial Correspondence, 1991-1993
6
6
Grant Proposal for Related Exhibition, 1988
6
7
Galley Proofs, 1993
6
8
Uncorrected Proof, 1993
6
9
Photographs
Introductions, 1966-1981
6
10
Robert Irwin, 1970-1985
6
11
James Turrell, 1967-1991
6
12-13
Maria Nordman, 1971-1983
6
14
Doug Wheeler, 1967-1976
6
15
Bruce Nauman, 1969-1988
6
16
Eric Orr, 1968-1991
6
17
Larry Bell, 1965-1983
6
18
DeWain Valentine, 1970-1990
6
19
Susan Kaiser Vogel, 1977-1981
6
20
Hap Tivey, 1973-1990
6
21
Source Material, "Robert Irwin's Theories", circa 1977
Oversized item moved to Box 16, folder 1.
6
22
Fletcher Benton, 1989-1991
6
23
Leonard Cutrow, circa 1962-1994
6
24-30
Articles
Ansel Adams, 1976
6
31
Bruce Connor,
Bruce Connor Lookalike Contest and Bake Sale
(1975), 1973-1980
Oversized items moved to Box 17.
6
32
Guy Dill,
Sculpture is about Proof: The Visual Harmonics of Guy Dill
, 1991-1992
6
33
Ferus Gallery,
A Small Parenthesis in Time
, circa 1976
6
34
Sam Francis, Unpublished Posthumous Article, 1994-1996
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 1.
Includes editorial correspondence in addition to writings.
6
35-36
Joe Goode, circa 1981
6
37
Robert Irwin,
The Subject of Art is Aesthetic Perception
, 1977
6
38
Jasper Johns, John Cage, Merce Cunningham,
The Bride and the Bachelors
, circa 1977
6
39
The Kimball Art Museum,
The Power and the Glory
, circa 1972
6
40
Pablo Picasso,
The Death of a Giant
, circa 1973
7
1
Quay Gallery and Peter Voulkos, circa 1974
7
2
Joseph Raffael,
Infinite Intricateness
, 1976
7
3
"Made in America,"
American Art Review
, 1977
7
4
Thrills, Chills, and Spills; The Second Artists' Soapbox Derby
, 1978
7
5
Turning the Tide: Early L.A. Modernists, 1920-1956
, 1990
7
6
Catalog Essays
"Shape: Forming the L.A. Look" (1976)
Draft and Catalog, 1995
7
8
Correspondence and Notes, 1995
7
8
Research, circa 1991-1995
7
9
Larry Bell, Albuquerque Museum (1997)
Draft, 1997
7
10
Correspondence and Notes, 1996
7
11
Research, circa 1982-1996
7
12-14
Elmer Bischoff, "Walking a Tightrope," Laguna Art Museum, 1985
7
15
Robert Hudson, "Visions of Eyes and Hands," Allan Frumkin Gallery (1976)
Correspondence, 1976
7
16
Notes, circa 1976
7
17
Early Drafts, circa 1976
7
18
Late Drafts, circa 1976
7
19
Research, circa 1976
Contains photocopies of articles dated 1964-1975.
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 1.
7
20-21
Richard Shaw, Newport Harbor Art Museum (1981)
Drafts, circa 1981
Oversized material moved to Box 17.
7
22
Interview Transcript and Notes, 1981
7
23
Research, circa 1976-1988
Oversized materials moved to Box 16, folder 1.
7
24
Publicity Writings
Lita Albuquerque, circa 1990-1996
7
25-26
Dean Andrews, 1994
7
27-29
Eleanore Berman, circa 1990
7
30
Chase Chien, circa 1991
7
31
Guy Dill, 1979-1992
7
32
Peter Erskine, circa 1990-1992
Includes 2 videocassettes (VHS).
7
33-36
Peter Erskine, circa 1990-1992
8
1-3
Robert Irwin and James McHugh, 1991-1993
8
4
Sooja Kim, 1994
8
5
Ann Labriola, circa 1996-1997
Includes 1 videocassette (VHS).
8
6-7
Nina Frost Gallery, 1991
8
8
Tom Rose, circa 1992
8
9
Charles Strong, 1991, 1994
8
10-11
Joyce Treiman, 1993-1994
8
12
Betty Tsou Fong, 1983, 1986
8
13
William Turner Gallery, 1991
8
14
Diana Hsui-lu Wong, 1990-1994
8
15-17
Writings by Others
A Heritage of Outdoor Sculpture
by Warren Radford, 1990
8
18
Space in Japanese Residential Architecture
by Joseph N. Newland, 1978
8
19
Frank Stella Chronology, circa 1987
8
20
Oversized Item from Books,
The Art of Light and Space
, Draft Fragments with Editor's Annotations, DeWain Valentine Chapter
Oversized material from Box 6, folder 4.
16
1
Oversized Item from Books,
The Art of Light and Space
, Source Material, Robert Irwin's Theories
Oversized material from Box 6, folder 22.
16
1
Oversized Material from Articles, Sam Francis, Unpublishes Posthumous Article
Oversized material from Box 6, folder 36.
16
1
Oversized Material from Catalog Essays, Robert Hudson, "Visions of Eyes and Hands," Research
Oversized material from Box 7, folders 20-21.
16
1
Oversized Material from Catalog Essays, Richard Shaw, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Research
Oversized materials from Box 7, folder 24.
16
1
Oversized Material from Articles, Bruce Connor
Oversized material from Box 6, folder 32.
17
Oversized Material from Catalog Essays, Richard Shaw, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Drafts
Oversized material from Box 7, folder 22.
17

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