Everett Ellin was the polymathic owner
of two well-regarded art galleries in Los Angeles during the late 1950s and the early 1960s.
He invigorated the local art scene by bringing major artists from New York to Los Angeles.
He also created a vital link between technology and museums by founding the Museum Computer
Network. After leaving the art world, he worked as an entrepreneur in energy management and
medical imaging technology, as an inventor of media devices, an executive for SONY, and as a
business consultant. The papers document Ellin's professional life, including his work with
the Everett Ellin Gallery, French & Company, and the Museum Computer Network. A small
quantity of personal papers is also present.
Everett Ellin was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1928 and died in 2011 in Diana, Texas. While
he is most known in the art world as a Los Angeles dealer of contemporary art, his BS in
Industrial and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan (1949) and JD from
Harvard Law School (1952) allowed him to follow diverse career paths before and after he ran
the Everett Ellin Gallery (1957-1958) and Everett Ellin Gallery, Inc. (1960-1963). Ellin is
regarded as one of the key local gallery owners responsible for animating the mid-century
Los Angeles art scene by showcasing contemporary art from New York. Before opening the
gallery, Ellin served as a US Air Force officer in the Korean War, assisted the Vice
President of the William Morris Agency, clerked for a justice of the California Supreme
Court, and served as Deputy House Counsel for Columbia Pictures. In 1959 he opened the
Everett Ellin Gallery on Santa Monica Boulevard, a move which developed out of his
experience of writing gallery contracts for his girlfriend and future wife, the painter Joan
Jacobs, and her artist friends. In this first iteration of his gallery, he showed California
abstract expressionist artists, including Bruce Beasley, to whom he gave his first show.
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