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Jane Lawrence , 1965 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 6.8 X 5 In © Courtesy of Craig Krull Gallery

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
December 3rd, 2011 - January 14th, 2012
Opening: December 3rd, 2011 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 11-5:30
portrait, photography


We will be closed December 20 - 24th, resuming normal business hours on Tuesday, December 27th. 

The gallery will present a small exhibition of photographs by Edmund Teske of legendary artists and the early L.A. art, music and experimental film scenes such as George Herms, Kenneth Anger, Ramblin Jack Elliott and Jim Morrison.  Teske's images however, are never mere portraits.  A true poet and photographic alchemist, Teske employed manipulative and chance darkroom techniques that the artist likened to Hindu philosophies concerning the interplay of natural forces.   He was honored with two major exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1993 and 2004.

Edmund Teske (1911 - 1996) was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 1943. A true poet and photographic alchemist, Teske invented the process that Steichen later called “duotone solarization,” a manipulative, yet chance oriented darkroom technique that the artist likened to the interplay of natural forces. In these works he combined negatives, solarized images and encouraged photo-chemical interactions resulting in unique tones and stains, much different than the documentary style that began his career. Teskeʼs first exhibition with Craig Krull Gallery was in 1993. He was honored with solo exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1993 and 2004. Teskeʼs fifth exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery will include duotone solarizations of the LA art scene in the 60s, with images of Walter Hopps, George Herms, Shirley Berman and Kenneth Anger. Teske will also be featured in corresponding Pacific Standard Timemuseum exhibitions, including “In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980” at the J. Paul Getty Museum and “L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, From Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

In Conjunction with the Getty Initiative