Eight years ago, a small gallery in Los Angeles had a crazy idea. To do an art exhibit that’s wasn’t highbrow like most gallery shows, but instead comprised only of work based on popular culture. It’s an idea that has since not only spawned an entire subculture of pop culture art, but numerous copycats, launched the career of hundreds of artists, been the subject of two books, multiple documentaries, and filled the walls of apartments all over the world.
After two years moonlighting on the East coast, the original pop culture art show, Crazy 4 Cult, is back in Los Angeles on December 12 for it’s eighth year. Once again around 100 artists have created art based on cult movies big and small. There’s stuff from Beetlejuice, Pulp Fiction, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Predator, Godzilla, The Big Lebowski and so much more. Below, check out a nice, chunk of work from the Crazy 4 Cult 2014 show at Gallery 1988. Read More »
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Check out the first part of this art preview at this link and some more images here.
Crazy 4 Cult, Gallery 1988‘s signature pop culture art event, is returning to the Big Apple. The show, which got its start in Los Angeles several years ago and has since spawned two books and innumerable imitators, came to New York in 2012 and is coming back on December 13. It’ll remain on display through December 21, so there’s plenty of time to pick up the perfect pop culture inspired piece of art for anyone on your Christmas shopping list.
There is literally something for everyone in this show and it’s so massive, we have not one but two previews of its goodies. In this second preview we have limited edition pop culture art from Back to the Future, Home Alone, RoboCop, Clue, A Christmas Story, Tremors, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and many, many more. Check it out below. Read More »
Crazy 4 Cult, Gallery 1988‘s signature pop culture art event, is returning to the Big Apple. The show, which got its start in Los Angeles several years ago and has since spawned two books and innumerable imitators, came to New York in 2012 and is coming back on December 13. It’ll then remain on display through December 21, plenty of time to pick up the perfect pop culture inspired piece of art for anyone on your Christmas shopping list.
There is literally something for everyone in this show and it’s so massive, we have not one but two previews of its goodies. In this first preview (we’ll publish the second tomorrow) we have limited edition pop culture art from Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Aliens, The Goonies, The Princess Bride, and even some exclusive pieces you’ll only see here on /Film from A Clockwork Orange, Beetlejuice, The Dark Crystal and Pulp Fiction). Check it out below. Read More »
Next week, New York gets a taste of Los Angeles as Gallery 1988 brings their signature event, Crazy 4 Cult, back to the Big Apple. The show opens December 13 and while we’ll have much more on the event in the upcoming days, two pieces in particular deserve to be called out.
They’re paintings by Jason Edmiston, who recently had a solo gallery show at Mondo in Austin, TX. Edmiston captured the climax of Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark with two paintings showing Colonel Dietrich and Major Arnold Toht in the horrific final moments. These works aren’t for the faint of heart, but they will find a place in the heart of any Indiana Jones fan. Check them out below. Read More »
The roots of most of the pop culture art companies and galleries out there today can be traced back to Crazy 4 Cult at Gallery 1988. The annual Los Angeles art show has been going on for the better part of a decade and is credited with sparking the imaginations of artists, fans and fellow curators alike to blend art and fandom. These days, there’s a similar exhibit happening almost every single week but Gallery 1988 did it first.
For their latest Crazy 4 Cult, they’ve changed things up a bit. This year is subtitled Say Hi to the Bad Guy, meaning all the art in this year’s show will be of famous movie and television villains. Such as the Ivan Drago from Rocky IV, seen above.
The show opens October 18 in Los Angeles. Below, check out a bunch of art from the exhibit including a slew of exclusive debuts. Read More »
Los Angeles residents are incredibly spoiled when it comes to pop culture art events. Most of that is because Jensen Karp and Katie Cromwell opened not one but two Gallery 1988 locations in the City of Angels. Every few weeks, a new art exhibit goes on the walls celebrating either an artist or subject, usually with a pop culture theme. Lost, Breaking Bad, Edgar Wright, Judd Apatow, the list of awesome Gallery 1988 subjects goes on and on. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, usually you can’t experience these for yourself.
That’s why, in 2011, Cromwell and Karp released a beautiful coffee table book called Crazy 4 Cult, based on the Gallery’s signature exhibit. Next week, they’re releasing the sequel, Crazy 4 Cult 2, and we got Karp to exclusively explain some of his favorite images in the book. They’re based on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Shaun of the Dead, Rushmore, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Donnie Darko, Willy Wonka, Coming to America, Back to the Future and Wet Hot American Summer. Read More »
In a city that’s ripe with art, film but sorely lacking an intersection between the two, Gallery 1988 has migrated from Los Angeles to New York bringing along their trademark pop culture art show featuring the work of over 200 artists. Crazy 4 Cult New York opens Thursday and, over the course of this week, we’ve posted three previews (which you can view here, here and here) from the sixth iteration of the show. The show opens Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at 64 Gansevoort St. in the Meat Packing District and, if you can’t make it then, it’ll be on display through September 1.
In this fourth, and final, preview of Crazy 4 Cult New York, we’ve got 30 plus images featuring films like The Shining, The Terminator, Spaceballs, A Clockwork Orange, Back to the Future, They Live and so many more. Add that to the 60 we’ve already revealed and, believe it or not, we’re still only previewed half the show. It’s going to be an epic intersection of creative expression, collectibles and culture. Check out the images below. Read More »
Check out the first two previews for this show, featuring forty different images, here and here.
For the past five years, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles has hosted what’s become a signature event: Crazy 4 Cult. Initially created with the help of Kevin Smith, the art show has grown by leaps and bounds each year featuring art from almost every single cult movie imaginable. There’s a book commemorating its awesomeness, and countless imitators have sprung up from coast to coast, but the event was always relegated to Los Angeles. No more. This week, Gallery 1988 moves east for the sixth annual iteration of its pop culture art show, called Crazy 4 Cult New York. It’ll open August 9th from 6-9 PM at 64 Gansevoort St. in the Meat Packing District and remain on display through September 1.
Over 200 artists have contributed to the show which, suffice to say, means there’s way too much art to put into one post. So, just like /Film has been doing for years, we’re splitting it up over several days. In this third post you’ll see art from Army of Darkness, Edward Scissorhands, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rushmore, Fight Club, Little Shop of Horrors, Battle Royale and many more. Read More »
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