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 »
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 »
You may not know Glen Brogan by name, but his art has likely caught your eye. The West Virginia-based artist has been working for venues like Gallery 1988 and Mondo for years, creating pop culture art in a style that simultaneously unique and familiar. His visuals looks like something out of an animated film, popping with the same kind of vibrancy and cartoonish realism that makes animation wonderful.
Now the artist is finally having his first solo show and /Film is proud to debut a few of the images. It opens Friday May 31 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles, CA. Brogan has created pieces from all corners of pop culture, television, comic books, movies and more, with topics as varied as Indiana Jones, Batman, The Simpsons, the Domino’s Noid and Smokey the Bear. Check out a small sampling below. Read More »
The two leaders in pop culture art are both releasing excellent new prints on Thursday. First up is Mondo, which is finally releasing an awesome Army of Darkness poster, made by Randy Ortiz for a screening that took place a few weeks back. They’re pairing that with a brand new Evil Dead 2 poster by Jason Edmiston.
Then there’s Gallery 1988, which still has its awesome Bad Robot exhibit on display. With Star Trek Into Darkness coming soon the gallery is releasing a brand new print by Rhys Cooper, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch‘s villainous John Harrison. Check them all out below. Read More »
Have you noticed that most of the late night IMAX screenings for the past year or so have been giving out limited edition posters? That tradition will continue, and expand, will the release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. IMAX is launching a new program called IMAX FanFix, which teams up with talented artists and curators to give fans high-quality, limited edition art. The first poster in the series is an awesome poster by Mark Englert and Gallery 1988, which will be given to fans who attend 8 p.m. IMAX screenings on May 15. You can see a small tease above.
Below, find a link to all the participating theaters, see a brand new clip featuring a showdown between John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and find out how you can bid on a chance to meet J.J. Abrams at the film’s Hollywood premiere. Read More »
Movie fans are well-aware what Bad Robot is: the production company of J.J. Abrams, responsible for a multitude of hit TV shows and movies. Among the TV shows are Fringe, Lost, Alias, Revolution and Person of Interest. The films? Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III and soon, Star Wars Episode VII. The company is a powerhouse of geeky goodness.
This week, Bad Robot adds yet another impressive line to their resume: art show subject. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles has teamed up with Abrams and crew to host the first ever Bad Robot Art Experience. Featuring art by over 100 artists based on all the above films, shows and more, it’s going to be a can’t miss event for art fans and pop culture fans alike.
The show opens April 26 and remains on display through May 18. After the jump, look at more than forty of the pieces in the show. Read More »
For going on 40 years, the phrase “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” has been a cornerstone of American pop culture. The phrase announces every single episode of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, which has been the breeding ground for such legendary comedians and actors as Jim Belushi, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and so many others.
Week after week, some of the funniest people in the world create a live comedy show and broadcast it to millions. It’s a hit-or-miss effort that has produced incredible highs, disappointing lows and everything in between. After almost 40 years though, the show has been so consistently influential, we tend to take its existence for granted.
When you think back on all the good memories it’s hard not to get nostalgic. Wayne’s World. The Land Shark. Coneheads. Celebrity Jeopardy. Stefon. The list goes on and on, which is why Gallery 1988 West, the newest location of Los Angeles’ landmark pop culture art gallery, chose SNL as the subject of its latest exhibit.
After the jump, check out a small sample of the work in the show and find out more. Read More »
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