Gallery1988's massive Ghostbusters 30th anniversary art show opens in New York this Saturday and we got an exclusive sneak peek at one of the pieces up for grabs.
“Should Have Said Yes” is a spectacular depiction of Gozer’s beauty and wrath, as well as Zuul’s ferocity, by JoKa, one of over 70 artists who is taking part in this extravaganza.
If you’re into art inspired by pop culture, then Gallery1988 is probably a familiar name to you. Founded by Jensen Karp and Katie Cromwell, the gallery is based in Los Angeles, with two outposts on Melrose Avenue. They are perhaps best known for the “Crazy 4 Cult” series, which pays tribute to cult films.
Over the years, Gallery1988 has tapped into everything from Adult Swim television shows to Edgar Wright’s films to video games to comic book characters to professional wrestlers. Last week, the gallery celebrated its 10th anniversary with a large, general pop culture show featuring pieces like Dan Goodsell’s take on Hellboy and an Alex Pardee painting based on The Wizard of Oz.
The Ghostbusters show is a completely different type of event. This time, Gallery1988, who worked with Sony to put together this exhibition, will be taking the show on the road. Saturday night’s opening in New York, at a space not too far from the firehouse seen in the movie, is just the start of it. The show will remain in New York until April 26. On May 17, it opens in Los Angeles at Gallery1988 (West). This June, it will spend a couple days in Chicago. The tour concludes at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
This exhibition will include original works and prints. Over the past decade, Gallery1988′s prints have become hot items amongst collectors. People will line up far in advance for a shot at one when high-profile shows hit the Los Angeles galleries. For this exhibition, there are some things to note about sales. According to the gallery’s Tumblr, most of the works will only be available at the tour stops. They’re setting aside limited quantities of the prints for each city and even fewer of those will be available at Comic-Con. For those who cannot attend in person, there will be a screen print series that is also available online through the exhibition’s website. They will be scattering the releases of those over the course of the next month. The online releases will include prints from artists like Mike Mitchell, Tara McPherson and other popular artists.
Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary show will also include a series of new t-shirts. Gallery1988 worked with Homage, Johnny Cupcakes, LRG and Rebel8 on the shirts, which are limited edition and will be available at all tour stops. In addition, the gallery notes that the individual companies will be selling a small amount of the t-shirts themselves.
The diversity of the artists involved in the exhibition makes it even more exciting. Bruce White is a renowned black velvet painter who recently showed a large series of professional wrestler portraits at Gallery1988. Joey Spiotto has developed a following for his references to Golden Books and vintage album covers. Nathan Hamill creates cute, but surreal characters. For a full list of artists, check out the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary website.
All images courtesy of Gallery1988