Nan Lawson Beetlejuice

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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Tom Whalen Tommy gallery 1988 blu ray cover

Step one in releasing a special edition Blu-ray release is a kick-ass new cover. And with the explosion of pop culture art happening in almost every major city, there are plenty of talented artists who are up to the task.

Sony knows this and they recruited the premiere pop culture art gallery, Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988, to curate brand new covers for 16 different classic films. Artists like Tom Whalen, James Flames, Joey Spiotto, Anthony Petrie, Jeff Boyes and others created covers for films such as Superbad, The Karate Kid, Taxi Driver, Tommy, Drive, The Raid Redemption, and Stripes, and several others. Below, see all 16 Gallery 1988 Blu ray covers. Read More »

Tom Whalen Bust'd header

Philadelphia-based artist Tom Whalen just keeps getting bigger. But, for his latest show, everyone is getting smaller. Whalen is extremely well-known as one of the work horses for Mondo. If there’s a Disney property being turned into a poster, Whalen is usually doing it. But he’s also tackled such iconic films as RoboCop, Terminator 2, The Iron Giant and Army of Darkness this year alone. His bright, geometric style is recognizable and universal, leading to a steady rise in ppopularity

Even before that though, Whalen was working for Gallery 1988 and this week, they’re giving him a solo show. It’s called Bust’d and is comprised of 35 8×8 inch art prints showing the busts of character from all walks of pop culture. There are big, recognizable characters, fun supporting characters, characters from movies, video games, anime, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the size and cost makes them incredible easy to frame and affordable for everyone.

We’re excited to exclusively debut just a handful pieces that’ll be in the show, which opens Friday October 3 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles CA. Check them out below, along with more specifics. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Joss Whedon Art Show At Gallery 1988

Joss Whedon Art show

Edgar Wright had one, J.J. Abrams had one, and now Joss Whedon is having one. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is hosing a Joss Whedon art show starting opening from 7-10 p.m. September 5 and on display through September 27.

Artists from around the world were given carte blanche to make all kinds of art based on the world of Whedon with the exception of The Avengers, because Gallery 1988 already hosted an Avengers exhibit a few years back. That means Buffy, Angel, Firefly, The Cabin in the Woods, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse and more are all on the table. And the artists delivered in spades.

Below, we’ve got a huge sample of work from the Joss Whedon art show. Check it out. Read More »

Scoobyai

Plain and simple, Dave Perillo‘s art makes us smile. It evokes feelings of childhood wonder with its bright colors, unique layouts and geometric styles. Filter some of pop culture’s most famous properties through that style and you’re left with pieces that represent both fandom and fun.

Perillo has been part of innumerable shows and released dozens of prints through Mondo, Gallery 1988, Acme Archives and many more. But, for the first time, Perillo now has a solo show at Gallery 1988. It’s called Squares 4 Squares and opens Friday August 22 at Gallery 1988 East, 7021 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA. The show takes properties from the world of movies (Back to the Future, Star Wars), TV (Doctor Who, Scooby Doo) and video games (Super Mario Bros.) and compresses them down into squares that can be arranged however you like, or combined into one to tell an almost comic-like story.

Below, we’re proud to exclusively debut a few of the full run of almost 50 prints that’ll be in the show. Check them out below. Read More »

Joey Spiotto Storytime

There’s just something wonderful about seeing your favorite pop culture properties reimagined as something unimaginable. Artist Joey Spiotto does that really well. In previous years, he’s become well-known for turning pop culture properties like Firefly, The Avengers and Lost into eye-catching album covers. Now he’s taking that tone and turning it into a full gallery exhibit by adapting properties like Breaking Bad, Pulp Fiction, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, A Clockwork Orange and others into children’s books reminiscent of Random House’s popular “Little Golden Books” series.

The exhibit is called Storytime: A Little Gallery Show and it opens August 1 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles, CA. It consists of 50 properties from movies, TV, music and video games put through Spiotto’s unique children’s filter. Below, we’ve got a bunch of examples from the Joey Spiotto Gallery 1988 show. Read More »

Scott C Back To The Future Hunt

Los Angeles, the hunt is on for free, original paintings like the one above by the one and only Scott Campbell. In fact, exactly like the one above. But you’re going to have to be quick, smart and pop culture savvy.

Starting right now, and repeating each day until the Friday opening of his latest exhibit at Gallery 1988, Campbell is hiding an original painting from a famous film at the location where the scene was shot. Figure out the location, head there, find it and it’s yours. Then, see hundreds more paintings July 11 at the Revenge of the Great Showdowns exhibition at Gallery 1988 West.

Below, read Campbell’s clues about the fifth and final painting (seen above) and see a small selection of pieces that’ll be in this week’s show. Read More »

Scott C Boogie Nights Hunt

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Los Angeles, the hunt is on for free, original paintings like the one above by the one and only Scott Campbell. In fact, exactly like the one above. But you’re going to have to be quick, smart and pop culture savvy.

Starting right now, and repeating each day until the Friday opening of his latest exhibit at Gallery 1988, Campbell is hiding an original painting from a famous film at the location where the scene was shot. Figure out the location, head there, find it and it’s yours. Then, see hundreds more paintings July 11 at the Revenge of the Great Showdowns exhibition at Gallery 1988 West.

Below, read Campbell’s clues about the fourth painting (seen above) and see a small selection of pieces that’ll be in this week’s show. Read More »

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