Originally located in Hollywood, Cirrus Gallery & Cirrus Editions Ltd. was founded by Jean Robert Milant in 1970 as a gallery, publisher, and workshop exhibiting prints, painting, sculpture, performance, video, and new media. Working in the early years with John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Guy de Cointet, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Barbara T. Smith, and Vija Celmins (among others), Cirrus has maintained a longstanding commitment to California-based artists.
In 1979 Cirrus moved to downtown Los Angeles. With a number of galleries following suit, its presence in downtown helped shape the area’s strong identity as a cultural center for the arts helping to create what is now known as the LA Arts District. It was at its downtown locations that Cirrus published editions and exhibited works by Lita Albuquerque, Mark Bradford, Matthew Brannon, Craig Kauffman, John Mason, Eve Sonneman, Mary Weatherford, and Jonas Wood and many others.
Now nearing its fiftieth year as a workshop, publisher, and exhibition space, Cirrus continues to focus on the future by presenting a diverse roster of LA artists on the local and international stage through publishing, exhibition, and it's latest initiative: an online viewing room. Presented quarterly and currently live through August 3rd, 2019 on Cirrus website, the Viewing Room is a weekly offering of five artworks at attainable price points that were set with the emerging collector in mind with the goal of creating new collections and diversify existing ones. Culled from an inventory amassed over nearly five-decades of print-publication and collection in LA, each week’s lineup gives unprecedented access to printed artworks we’ve made with artists – the internationally known, emerging, and the under-recognized.