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Jan Butterfield papers

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan  Search this
Names:
Lapis Press  Search this
Pacific Enterprises  Search this
Bell, Larry, 1939-  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991  Search this
Dugmore, Edward, 1915-  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Goode, Joe, 1937-  Search this
Greene, George  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Harrison, Helen Mayer, 1929-  Search this
Harrison, Newton, 1932-  Search this
Hopkins, Henry, 1928-2009  Search this
Hudson, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Karp, Michael  Search this
Kienholz, Edward, 1927-  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-  Search this
Nordman, Maria  Search this
Orr, Eric, 1939-1998  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Resnick, Milton, 1917-2004  Search this
Roche, Jim  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Turrell, James  Search this
Wheeler, Douglas  Search this
Wortz, E.  Search this
Wortz, Melinda  Search this
Young, R. Joshua  Search this
Interviewee:
Cage, John, 1912-1992  Search this
Extent:
15 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Date:
1950-1997
Summary:
The papers of Jan Butterfield measure 15 linear feet and date from circa 1950 to 1997. Papers contain hundreds of recorded interviews with and lectures by artists, panel discussions of artists and art historians, as well as extensive writings by Butterfield. Also found are project files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and additional sound and video recordings related to art subjects.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Jan Butterfield measure 15 linear feet and date from circa 1950 to 1997. Papers contain hundreds of recorded interviews with and lectures by artists, panel discussions of artists and art historians, as well as extensive writings by Butterfield. Also found are project files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and additional sound and video recordings related to art subjects.

Interviews and Lectures include hundreds of interviews conducted by Butterfield between 1971 and 1987 with contemporary artists about whom she was writing at the time. The artists Robert Irwin and Sam Francis are represented particularly well. Also found are slide talks, class discussions, and lectures given by artists, which are assumed to have been recorded by Butterfield in most cases. Also among the recordings are recorded performances by John Cage, Joe Goode, Newton and Helen Harrison, Jim Roche, and George Greene. Panel discussions include two notable recordings involving Milton Resnick, one with the painter Edward Dugmore in 1959, and the other with the painter Ad Reinhardt at The Club in 1961, which was later dubbed "The Attack."

The bulk of the writings relate to Butterfield's published work The Art of Light and Space, represented here in multiple drafts, research, and photographs of works of art by the artists discussed in the work including Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Maria Nordman, Douglas Wheeler, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Susan Kaiser Vogel, and Hap Tivey. Also found are extensive drafts and research for catalog essays for exhibitions of Larry Bell, Richard Shaw, Robert Hudson, and Elmer Bischoff. Drafts of articles and publicity writing are mainly about artists but also some galleries and other art events. There are a few transcripts of recorded interviews, and it appears that many of the writings are based on Butterfield's interviews.

Project files include records relating to Butterfield's involvement with the production of a catalog for the corporate art collection of Pacific Enterprises. These also include additional artist interviews and artist files containing research and writing, mainly by her associate Michael Karp. Also found are photographs and sound recordings for the Waterfront Project at the San Francisco Art Institute, an interdisciplinary community-centered development project that involved Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Melinda Wortz, Eric Orr, Dr. E. Wortz, Frank Gehry, Newton and Helen Harrison, Josh Young, and students at the Art Institute. And finally, project files include photographs, interviews, and printed material related to publications of Lapis Press, where Butterfield was Executive Director.

Personal business records include correspondence, price lists, financial records, notes, press releases, and career documentation of Butterfield. Printed materials include articles by Butterfield, articles about Butterfield, and articles by Henry Hopkins, most of which are photocopies. There are also clippings, exhibition catalogs, exhibition posters, and publicity. Of note is a disassembled scrapbook pertaining to the controversial Ed Kienholz exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966, and a directory of art spaces in Los Angeles from 1978.

Most of the photographs are of works of art by artists about whom Butterfield wrote. Also found are a few files of photographs of artists, some taken by Butterfield, including Philip Guston, Ed Kienholz, Henry Hopkins with Clyfford Still, Robert Irwin, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Turrell. Additional video and sound recordings include artist installations, a documentary on Sam Francis, and an acoustiguide for an Ed Ruscha exhibition.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Interviews and Lectures (Boxes 1-5; 4.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Writings (Boxes 5-7, 16, OV 17; 3.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Project Files (Boxes 8-10, 16; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Personal Business Records (Boxes 10-11, OV 17-19; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Materials (Boxes 11-12, 16, OV 17-19; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs (Boxes 12-14, 16; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Sound and Video Recordings (Box 15; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Jan Butterfield (1937-2000) was an art writer and critic of contemporary art who spent most of her career in California. She is best known for her writings on late twentieth century installation and craft artists, particularly those who worked in California and the American West.

Butterfield was born Jan Van Alstine in Los Angeles, California in 1937 and attended the Univeristy of California, Los Angeles. She received numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as an art critic, and contributed art writing to dozens of exhibition catalogs and art publications including Art International, Images and Issues, Art News, Art in America, and Flash Art. Her most ambitious work of writing was The Art of Light and Space (Abbeville Press: 1993), which profiles the work of contemporary artists Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Maria Nordman, Douglas Wheeler, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Susan Kaiser Vogel, and Hap Tivey. She was also the author of a 1972 monograph of the Abstract Expressionist painter Sam Francis.

Butterfield held positions in public relations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from its opening until 1970, and at the Fort Worth Art Museum from 1970 to 1974. She taught at Northwood Experimental Art Institute in Dallas, Texas, the San Francisco Art Institute, San Jose State University, and Mills College in Oakland, California between 1973 and 1983. At the San Francisco Art Institute, she was Director of the extension program and Coordinator of the visiting artist program and the Waterfront Project between 1976 and 1978. In 1984, Butterfield and the artist Sam Francis co-founded the Lapis Press, where she served as Executive Director from its founding until 1988.

Butterfield was married twice, the second time to Henry Hopkins, Museum Director at LACMA, the Museum of Fine Art of Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She died in 2000 after an extended illness.
Related Materials:
Also found among the collections of the Archives of American Art is a 1981 panel discussion on Bay area art criticism sponsored by the National Women's Caucus for Art, in which Butterfield participated, as well as an oral history interview Butterfield conducted with Helen Lundeberg for the Archives' Oral History Program in 1980.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming on reel 1042 including two volumes of scrapbooks. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Jan Butterfield lent material in 1975 for microfilming. She donated the Robert Irwin material in 1980 of and most of the interviews and audio tapes in 1989. An additional 12 feet of papers, including some material previously loaned and microfilmed, along with two additional audio tapes, were donated by Butterfield's brother, and Trustee of the Jan Butterfield Trust, Derek Van Alstine in 2002.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Jan Butterfield papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art historians -- California  Search this
Authors -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art critics -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Jan Butterfield papers, 1959-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.buttjan
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-buttjan
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Richard Shaw, ceramic sculpture : exhibition 4 January to 3 February 1979, Braunstein/Quay Gallery

Title:
Composition book
Author:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Braunstein/Quay Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
[17] p. : chiefly ill. (some col.), port. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
Call number:
NK4210.S52 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636752

Richard Shaw : illusionism in clay, 1971-1985 : exhibition itinerary, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas ... [et al.]

Author:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Braunstein Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 26 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
C1985
Call number:
NK4210.S52 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652456

Richard Shaw, ceramic sculpture

Author:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Newport Harbor Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
[27] p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1981
C1981]
Topic:
Ceramic sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.S52 A4 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652578

Robert Hudson and Richard Shaw : new ceramic sculpture : [exhibition] January 17 through April 12, 1998, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

Title:
New ceramic sculpture
Author:
Hudson, Robert 1938-  Search this
Shaw, Richard 1941 Oct. 9-  Search this
Reynolds, Jock  Search this
Addison Gallery of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Hudson, Robert 1938-  Search this
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
65 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
C1998]
Topic:
Porcelain, American  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.H82 R49 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_565366

Robert Hudson/Richard Shaw, work in porcelain. [Catalogue of an exhibition] May 11-July 1, 1973, San Francisco Museum of Art

Author:
Hudson, Robert 1938-  Search this
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Hudson, Robert 1938-  Search this
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
35 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1973
1973]
Topic:
Porcelain, American  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.H82 R62X
NK4210.H82R62X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_34143

Richard Shaw

Title:
Richard Shaw, new work
Author:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Braunstein/Quay Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : col. ill., port. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Ceramic sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.S52 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_901252

Collaborations : Robert Hudson, Richard Shaw

Title:
Robert Hudson, Richard Shaw
Robert Hudson and Richard Shaw: collaboration
Author:
Hudson, Robert 1938-  Search this
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Foley, Suzanne  Search this
Reynolds, Jock  Search this
American University (Washington, D.C.) Museum  Search this
Subject:
Hudson, Robert 1938-  Search this
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2009
C2009
Call number:
NK4210.H82 A4 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_927462

The years at White Gate Ranch, Stinson Beach, California 1963-1976 : Robert Hudson, Cornelia Schulz, Martha Shaw, Richard Shaw, April 21-June 18, 1995 / Suzanne Royce, curator ; George Neubert, consulting curator ; Linda Samuels, introduction

Author:
Royce, Suzanne  Search this
Neubert, George W  Search this
Samuels, Linda  Search this
Bolinas Museum for the Art and History of Coastal Marin  Search this
Subject:
Hudson, Robert 1938-  Search this
Schulz, Cornelia 1936-  Search this
Shaw, Martha  Search this
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
[1995]
Call number:
N6487.B95 B95 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_930948

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