September 10 – October 29th, 2011
Reception: September 10, 2011 6-8PM
80 Years of Photography
Julius Shulman (1910 - 2009) is widely regarded as the most important architectural photographer in history. Over a seventy year career Shulman not only documented the work of many of the great 20th century architects, but he elevated the genre of commercial architectural photography to a fine art form. After making over 260,000 images, Shulman announced his “retirement” in 1989, but the next twenty years were filled with major museum and gallery exhibitions around the world and numerous books by publishers such as Taschen and Nazraeli Press. In 2005, the Getty Research Institute acquired Shulman’s archive, but he continued to work for the remainder of his life. Craig Krull Gallery will be opening a major survey of his work on September 10, 2011. This exhibition will include a range of iconic photographs of works by architects such as Neutra, Koenig, Lautner, Frey, and Eames, as well as early images from Shulman’s personal files. Julius Shulman is featured in Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, including “Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center” at the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and “In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980” at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Paintings, Pastels and Drawings
Carlos Almaraz was born in Mexico City in 1941, moving with his family to Los Angeles when he was nine. After studying at Loyola Marymount University and UCLA, Almaraz received his MFA from the Otis College of Art and Design. Along with Frank Romero, Gilbert Lujan, and Roberto de la Rocha he formed the artist collective known as “Los Four” in 1973 in order to bring Chicano street art to the mainstream. In 1974 their exhibition at the LACMA marked the country's first show of Chicano art at a major institution. Almaraz went on to work for Cesar Chavez painting banners and murals for the United Farm Workers Union. In 1984 he was honored with a major solo exhibition at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery. His work blends elements of Mexican and Native American mythologies along with contemporary Chicano culture. The upcoming exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery will be comprised of paintings, pastels and drawings from the 70s and 80s. Almaraz will also be featured in corresponding Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, including “MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985” at the Museum of Latin American Art, “Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement” at the Fowler Museum.