Art for Movie Geeks: "Crazy 4 Cult" Opens in New York

Gallery1988, the art gallery dedicated to exhibiting works of art related to pop culture, has opened a pop-up gallery here in New York City for the first time as part of their annual Crazy 4 Cult exhibition. The moderately-sized gallery opened with a packed reception Thursday evening (I stood in line for slightly over an hour waiting to get in) and is now open for public.

With “cult” being an umbrella descriptor of the movies referenced, the inspirations vary. Considering the target audience of pop culture-obsessed collectors, it should not be a surprise that the movies most referenced by numerous artworks are the usual suspects of Twin Peaks, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Shaun of the Dead and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Every once in a while, though, you see a lonely soul, like an illustration that pays tribute to Freddy Got Fingered.

The one thing that I found a bit disappointing is that only a small handful of the artworks are themed to Gallery1988’s temporary home (maybe Sydney Lumet and Spike Lee movies would be a little out of place among the geeky stuff), but there are some. This illustration combined various New York based movies from different eras, like The Warriors, Leon: The Professional and even The Fifth Element.

Snake Plissken is a fairly obvious choice for a subject.


And this is a pretty cool tribute to the monsters that have ravaged the city. Not sure how I feel about GINO being on there, but the inclusion of Q is definitely most appreciated. Mostly, I just wish there were more The Warriors art.


Picking something to buy was a little hard, because I was determined that I was not going to buy something just because it looks cool. I have to have a personal connection to the movie references, and I'm sorry, The Big Lebowski and The Princess Bride are terrific to watch, but I'm afraid I'm not obsessed enough to display artworks in my home dedicated to them.

Then there's the unsurprising realization that the ones that meet the criteria are well beyond my price range. The first thing I would buy is this illustration of Chiaki Kuriyama's two most famous roles... If I had $750 to spare.

Or maybe this huge canvas painting of dead Laura Palmer ($1,300).

Either the Labyrinth wood painting ($975) or the acrylic-on-panel Ed Wood art ($1,200) would certainly class up the ol' apartment.


My prized possession, however, would no doubt be this phenomenal mixed media tribute to Point Break. If it wasn't sold already, I would eagerly drop the $700 I don't have on it and just not eat for a while. Because I'm a real blue flame special. Young, dumb and full of cum.

Eventually, I settled on buying just these two beauties.

Many of the most popular works sold out fast, especially when they opened it up for online purchase. I went back to the gallery the next day and was standing in the middle of the room when the online shop went live, and got to see the available prints disappear in real time. Well, really, just the staff scrambling to keep up by running around posting red dots on the various artworks.

Check out the online gallery here. There's still a chance to get some of the not-so-hotly-sought-after artworks that remain available at the time of this writing (including the aforementioned Freddy Got Fingered print), but if you want to see what these artworks look like in person, Crazy 4 Cult: New York will stay open until September 1st at 64 Gansvoort St. in Manhattan's Meatpacking district. Gallery hours are 11AM-6PM from Wednesdays to Sundays.

Meanwhile, Gallery1988's two permanent venues in Los Angeles and Santa Monica continue to hold similarly themed exhibitions that pay tribute to modern legends like Arrested Development, The Avengers and Bill Murray, to name a few. Check them out here.

Arya Ponto • Contributor

As former Editor of JPP, Arya likes to entertain peeps with his thoughts on pop culture, when he's not busy watching Battle Royale for the 200th time. He lives in Brooklyn with a comic book collection that's always the most daunting thing to move with, and writes for


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