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Eugenia Butler & Corazón del Sol

The Kitchen Table, 1993/2019 (P14)

Eugenia P. Butler, still from The Kitchen Table, Talk 8: Moving the Matrix of Power, 1993. Speakers from L to R: John Outterbridge, Julia Lohmann, Allan Kaprow, Eugenia P. Butler, Mónica Mayer, Ann Lee Preston. Courtesy: the estate of Eugenia P. Butler and The Box, LA

Eugenia P. Butler, still from The Kitchen Table, Talk 8: Moving the Matrix of Power, 1993. Speakers from L to R: John Outterbridge, Julia Lohmann, Allan Kaprow, Eugenia P. Butler, Mónica Mayer, Ann Lee Preston. Courtesy: the estate of Eugenia P. Butler and The Box, LA

In 1993 artist Eugenia P. Butler invited 26 artists to join her for a series of conversations over a meal in a hidden booth at the art fair Art/LA ’93. Rooted in the storytelling and open exchange that evolves over a meal, The Kitchen Table (1993) included notable artists- such as Allan Kaprow, John Outterbridge, Carolee Schneemann, Suzanne Lacy, Felipe Ehrenberg, and Joan Jonas, amongst others. For Butler the project and the reciprocal communication of ideas it produced, validated the piece as an artwork. Butler’s daughter, artist Corazón del Sol, took the opportunity to revive the project with a new conversation over a meal and it will be screened at Frieze Los Angeles in the lobby of the financial district skyscraper and in the fair tent at The Box’s booth (B03).

Eugenia P. Butler (1947-2008), daughter of gallerist Eugenia Butler the elder, was a conceptual artist. The oldest of 8 children, she first exhibited at her mother’s eponymous gallery and achieved success at a young age, with inclusion in documenta 5 in 1972, curated by Harald Szeemann. Spanning over 40 years, Butler’s prolific career included conceptual thought pieces, drawing, painting, furniture, collaborative works, and “dialogic sculptures” that created alternate ways of engagement outside traditional art world power structures. The most well-known of these works are the three-volume series  The Book of Lies (I, II, III) (1991 – 2008) and  The Kitchen Table. Both pieces involved collaboration with a large number of artists in which the sharing and process were considered to be conceptual sculpture.

Corazón del Sol (lives in Los Angeles) grew up with art as part of her daily life and witnessed first-hand her mother and grandmother’s initial acceptance into the Los Angeles art world, as well as the effects following the two women’s eventual exclusion from the history of art in Los Angeles. Equipped with a native education in the arts, del Sol’s projects generate constellations to reveal that which cannot be discussed. Her grandmother and mother live on in her; she takes their strengths and carries them and their history forward.

Presented with The Box, Los Angeles