The Artist's Image

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Ed Ruscha with six of his books on his head , 1970 Recent Gelatin Silver Print 14 X 11 In. Edition 20 © Courtesy of the Artist and Craig Krull Gallery
The Artist's Image

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
March 3rd, 2012 - April 7th, 2012
Opening: March 3rd, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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


Jerry McMillan was born in Oklahoma in 1936 and moved to Los Angeles with his childhood friends Ed Ruscha and Joe Goode in 1958. The three of them lived together while attending the Chouinard Art Institute. McMillan established himself in the Los Angeles art scene creating advertisements for Artforum Magazine, posters for galleries, exhibition catalogues, and becoming a leading figure in photo-sculpture. In 1966 he became the first photographer to have a one-person exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum. McMillanʼs photographs of artists are not simply portraits, but the creation of a persona. He often collaborated with Ed Ruscha, the results of which can be seen in the 2004 publication Picturing Ed. McMillanʼs keen eye for staging is demonstrated in his 1969 photograph of artist Judy Chicago, in which he chose to depict her as a tough boxer, framing her as a competitor in an all male art world. Craig Krull Galleryʼs exhibition, “The Artistʼs Image”, will include additional iconic McMillan works such as “War Babies” and “Ed Ruscha Says Goodbye to College Joys”. McMillanʼs photography is being used in promotional catalogues and advertisements for Pacific Standard Time, and from February 11 to March 31st, 2012 the California State University Northridge Gallery will host a survey exhibition titled "Jerry McMillan: Artist/ Photographer", curated by Steve Peckman