“Please take off your shoes at the front door.” Was this a Japanese restaurant or a film screening? A sign with that request was on the door at the Crest Theater in Los Angeles Saturday night as Mondo host their eleventh Mystery Movie. The reason for shoe removal would become obvious seconds later as patrons entered the theater to see “glass” all over the floor. Yup, we were about to watch a 35mm print of John McTiernan‘s classic 1988 action film Die Hard and the glass on the floor was just one of the many surprises the Mondo team had in store, in addition to the poster.
Below, read more more and watch a video from the event. Plus, Mondo announces their latest gallery show, the first solo show of Laurent Durieux, featuring posters for The Birds, Forbidden Planet and Back to the Future. Read More »
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Every time you see a piece of art by Jason Edmiston, it takes a second to process. You have to look closely and ask, “Am I looking at a photo or is this a painting?” The next question is whether or not you have enough money to buy it.
Edmiston is the man behind the next solo show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. It’s called A Rogues Gallery. The Toronto-based artist has done several brand new acrylic paintings immortalizing some of the biggest and baddest villains in cinema history. Characters from films like Ghostbusters, RoboCop, Predator, Terminator, Aliens, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and they’ll all be on display starting Friday August 23. Check out a sampling below. Read More »
Is your pop culture art collection cluttered with too many huge movie posters? Do you have a full stack of 27 x 40 inch paper laying around and not enough wall space to display? Are you looking for something smaller, more tasteful but still as awesome and exciting? Mike Mitchell is here to help.
Mitchell is one of the most popular artists out there today. He first gained national attention with his “I’m With Coco” poster for Conan O’Brien and has continued to do beautiful work putting a unique spin on popular culture. Last year, his Just Like Us exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles started a collectors craze and now he’s back for his second show. This one takes popular, and some not-so-popular, movie characters and provides them each with a detailed, classy portrait.
The exhibit opens Friday April 26 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas and, after the jump, you can see about half the images in the show. Read More »
Any time artist Tyler Stout releases a print, it’s an event. When he has his own gallery show, it’s a happening. Friday night in Austin for SXSW, the artist behind such memorable Mondo posters as Akira, the Star Wars trilogy and Kill Bill was on hand for a two-man show with Australian artist Ken Taylor. Stout premiered brand new posters for Drive, Attack the Block and Un Prophete and more, which you can exclusively see below.
We also got to talk to the artist about the new work, what it’s like to exhibit at the gallery, the pressure of popularity and having hundreds of fans camp out on a sidewalk just for a shot to buy one of his posters. Check it all out below. Read More »
That sound you just heard was the world of pop culture art exploding. On March 15 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, legendary poster artists Ken Taylor and Tyler Stout are teaming up for an exhibit of new work. It’s Taylor’s second U.S. show and Stout’s first Mondo show, a major milestone as he’s been blowing poster fans’ minds since 2005. They’re two of the most talented, popular, influential and highly collectible artists on the scene today. That’s the good news.
The bad news is, we can’t show you any art. It’s a secret. All we know is it’ll run from March 15-April 6 and include “new work” from both popular artists.
Either way, we’ve got the show card below as well as some of their best art from the past to give you an idea of what might be in store for fans. And also, read about the Game of Thrones exhibit that’ll act as an appetizer to the Stout/Taylor show, both tied to South by Southwest 2013. Read More »
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When the Mondo Gallery first opened last year, I asked if the original work behind some of their most sought after posters would ever be offered for sale. The answer was a sly smile and a “no comment.” Now we know why.
The next exhibit at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX is called In Progress and will feature original, hand drawn sketches, line art and concepts that were eventually made into some of the iconic posters released by the company. Opening January 25, the show features original art by Martin Ansin, Kevin Tong, Ken Taylor, Jock, Mark Englert, JC Richard, Aaron Horkey, Jay Ryan, Tom Whalen, Dave Perillo, Laurent Durieux, Dan McCarthy…pretty much every single major artist that works with the company not named Stout or Moss.
Below, we’ve got a few previously released images and exclusives from Jay Shaw and Jason Edmiston, including their thoughts on the pieces. Read More »
The primary purpose of a movie poster is to tell a consumer about a film in hopes they’ll want to watch it. Artist Robert Brandenburg wants to do the same thing. He’s just selling the wrong message. The Ohio-based artist, who came onto the pop art scene at Gallery 1988 in 2011, is one half of the latest exhibit the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, opening September 14. His work in the show consists of seven original movie posters on which he has painted, ever so slightly, to completely subvert the purpose of the poster. For example, he reworked Deliverance, seen above.
/Film is proud to debut Brandenburg’s hilarious reinterpretation of Woody Allen‘s 1979 film Manhattan along with an interview with the artist, discussing his choices, style and revealing which other films will be featured in the exhibit. Two words: Free Willy. Check it out below. Read More »
For their third gallery show, the Mondo team tapped up and coming artist Jay Shaw (who also goes by Iron Jaiden) to create seventeen posters based on the films of Blue Underground. The resulting show, Don’t Go Out Tonight, is a beautiful European influenced ode to the fantastic cult classics of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties featuring films like Django, Q The Winged Serpent, Emanuelle in America, The New York Ripper and many more.
After the jump, check out images of the entire show and find out how and where you can see it yourself. Read More »
For the most part, movie posters suck. At the studio level, images with disembodied heads, horribly photoshopped character collections or a man and a woman, back to back, with aw-shucks grins on their face have pretty much become the norm. Gone are the days of Drew Struzan or Saul Bass where a real artist used their talents to give a striking visual portrait of what a movie is about on a massive scale. Movie studios today think, “Put the star’s face on the poster and people will come.”
Then there’s Mondo. An offshoot of the Alamo Drafthouse, and best known for selling highly collectible, limited-edition movie posters, the company recently relocated to a brand new gallery gallery space in Austin, Texas. There Mitch Putnam, Justin Ishmael and Rob Jones (above) will continue curate and sell more posters. The company has gained an almost elitist reputation because supply and demand dictates the company is regularly is forced to alienate thousands of fans who are rabid for their work but unable to purchase it. And whether they like it or not, that hype is creating a groundswell for something new in the world of movie posters.
Mondo began as a T-shirt company, became primarily a poster company and, in recent months, has now expanded into VHS and vinyl. Just this month they officially entered the legitimate art scene by opening their own gallery. That gallery and a new documentary film on the subject of poster art, called Just Like Being There, simultaneously hit SXSW and gave just a hint at the next step in movie posters: the return of the art. Read More »