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LA Gallery History The Short, Exhilarating Life of Gallery 669 - Part 1 - by Catherine Wagley

Installation view of Joseph Kosuth: Nothing, at Gallery 669, October 1968.
Image courtesy of the Eugenia P Butler Estate.

Protest on La Cienega Boulevard, outside the Ferus Gallery, May 15, 1965. The Getty Research Institute, Charles Brittin papers, 2005.M.11.
© J. Paul Getty Trust. Photo by Charles Brittin

The site of Gallery 669 today, behind Jamal's Rug Collection on N. La Cienega. Photograph by the author.

A photograph Henry Miller took of Hoki Tokuda on the back of Letters by Henry Miller to Hoki Tokuda Miller, the 1986 collection edited by Joyce Howard. Photograph by the author.

Jane Livingston's review of Gallery 669's second exhibition, Ay-O's Tactile Rainbow #6. Artforum, February 1968.

Catherine G. Wagley writes about art in Los Angeles. She is a contributing editor at Momus and Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), and she has written criticism and journalism for the LA Times, X-TRA and LA Weekly, among other publications. She is working on a book about a group of female gallerists who embraced and encouraged risk-taking in 1960s and 1970s Los Angeles.