Cult Classic: Pop Culture as High Art at Gallery 1988

A slide show of crazy, quirky, and cool art from the Crazy4Cult Exhibition.

A portrait of a flower spurting Jack Nicholson. An oil painting of a sinister-looking Willy Wonka. A visualization of The Breakfast Club in chart form. Gallery 1988 is in the vanguard of blurring boundaries between high and low art. Since opening in 2004, the gallery, which has two locations on Melrose Avenue near La Brea, has been bringing kooky and cool pop culture-themed works to Angelenos—and to audiences worldwide. The annual Crazy4Cult exhibition features the cream of the crop. 

In 2011, the gallery joined forces with Titan Books to collect the best pieces from the past four years of exhibitions in book form. The first book was a huge success and now the follow up, Crazy4Cult 2, a 176-page, 12.3 x 9.1 inches coffee table book is out. The book gathers the best pieces from the last two years of exhibitions and is connected to the show Crazy4Cult: Say Hi To The Bad Guy, which features works by more than 50 different artists at Gallery 1988 West. The show, which opened on October 18, runs through November 9. Can’t make it? That’s okay. Here’s a heaping dose of the book’s pop culture ethos in one sitting.

Gallery 1988 West: 7308 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.