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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 »

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Spinning movies in artistic, fun ways is what Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo are all about. In 2012, the Pennsylvania artists took art fans on a tour of their favorite ’80s film locations. In 2013, they’re presenting some of their favorite modern films in vintage styles.

The exhibit called Modern Vintage opens at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles on December 6. It’s the second show by the artists, who are best known for the stellar work they’ve done in the past for Mondo, Acme, Disney, Fox and so many more. This latest show is a little less specific than their 2012 Gallery 1988 show in that the pieces aren’t beholden to any 100% specific theme. Movies like Batman, Robocop, Army of Darkness and Blade Runner are simply reimagined in clever vintage styles. That might mean an advertisement, it might mean a public service announcement or maybe something else entirely. Either way, Whalen and Perillo’s signature, colorful art will delight fans who are in on the joke.

Check out an exclusive reveal of several images from the show below. Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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In just over one week, Edgar Wright‘s fourth feature film, The World’s End, hits theaters in the US. That’s as good an excuse as any to look back at Wright’s previous films and celebrate our shared love of them. Those films, of course, are Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. There’s also the amazing TV show Spaced that acted as a precursor to those films.

Wright’s work has been immortalized in various media (such as Mondo posters, original paintings, and gig posters) and Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles is doing all that and then some. On Tuesday August 20, they’re hosting The Official Edgar Wright Art Show and we’re happy to share a pretty healthy sampling of works that’ll be on display including a few exclusive debuts. Read More »

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One of the major pitfalls in creating pop culture art is over-saturation. We all love movies like Star Wars, Back to the Future or The Thing, so over and over again people tend to make art based on popular properties and films. Gallery 1988 said screw that.

Their upcoming exhibit is called We Made Them Do It and it’s comprised only of properties that rarely, if ever, get made into art. So if you love a crazy, underrated movie or TV show, you might see it here. Some examples include The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Walker Texas Ranger, Con Air, The Burbs, Perfect Strangers, and Who’s The Boss.

Below, we’re happy to premiere several pieces from the show, which opens at 7 p.m. July 26, right down the street from the Stanley Kubrick show. Read More »

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Friday July 26, Gallery 1988 will turn Melrose Avenue (the street) into Melrose Place (the party-centric TV show). Both their galleries are having major pop-culture art openings which are sure to turn the four blocks between them into a madhouse of strolling art fans. We’ll be posting art from both shows and here’s the first.

At Gallery 1988 East, Mark Englert will have his first solo show called Director Series: Kubrick. It’s an entire show of posters based on the films of the legendary director, and the first in a soon-to-be annual tradition of Englert applying his signature detailed landscape style to the films of a specific director. Below, we exclusively debut Englert’s posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove. Read More »

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This Friday, Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles is being turned into the private travel agency of artist Eric Tan. Tan, who works full time in creative at Disney Consumer Products, created posters based on his global travels, then organized them as a solo show called Fly. It opens June 28. The artist – who we’ve covered for years –  has created 15 posters based on real places like New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego (as well as one fictional city) that showcase his love of pop culture as well as his unique, geometric styles. Below, we exclusively debut five of the 15 pieces in the show including the one fictional entry: Hill Valley 1985, based on Back to the Future Part II. Read More »

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