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LA Gallery History The Short, Exhilarating Life of Gallery 669 - Part 2 - by Catherine Wagley

Ed Kienholz, Turgid TV, 1968, installed in Gallery 669’s kitchen during his exhibition The Eleventh Hour Final. Courtesy of the Eugenia P. Butler Estate.

Artist Paul Cotton and Eugenia Butler, Tokyo, Japan, March 1970. Image courtesy of the Eugenia P Butler Estate.

Edward Kienholz, The Eleventh Hour Final, 1968, multi-media. Copyright Kienholz. Courtesy the artist and L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

Jane Livingston’s review of N.E. Thing Co. at Gallery 669, Artforum, October 1968.

Doug Edge, Beaudry Chair, 1969. Courtesy of the artist.

Eric Orr, Wall Shadow, 1969, brick wall, light shadow, installed in front of Eugenia Butler’s eponymous new gallery on La Cienega. Image courtesy of the Eugenia P Butler Estate.

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.