Thursday, December 29, 2011

Break and Brandenburg

Hope everyone out there is having an amazing holiday season, and are readying themselves for New Year's Eve. Both galleries are currently on holiday break, so they're closed. But the Venice location will be re-opening on January 7th, with "Pooh...and Other Sh*t: hijacked art from Robert Brandenburg," a solo show we've been antsy to debut.

We first saw Robert's work after his nephew stumbled into our Melrose location, ran home and convinced his uncle to submit to the gallery, because he just couldn't imagine any other gallery in the world loving his work as much as we would. You see, Robert has a pretty fun art career. He finds old paintings, photos, advertisements and prints at garage sales, estate sales and auctions and adds pop culture elements into those paintings in the smartest and funniest ways. But the most impressive part of these hijacked pieces, is that he can EXACTLY match whatever painting (OR PHOTO!) he's adding himself to. After he was the breakout star of Crazy 4 Cult 5, where he sold his Willy Wonka and Donnie Darko inspired pieces, we just couldn't wait to see what he'd come up with for a solo show to kick off 2012. I know it sounds weird, but here are some examples from the upcoming show!

The inspiration for the show title, and image from the show card, is incredible. He found this oil on canvas tiger and knew exactly what had to be done...

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Now with his addition, this piece is titled "Tigger and Pooh."

Another thing I love about Robert's pieces are the stories he writes for each piece, almost explaining the thought process on his vandalism. Everyone who buys one of Robert's pieces actually gets a picture of the before piece, and his essay.

Here's another piece from the show entitled "Searching For Suri"

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And here's what Robert has to say about it -

"This cheesy, party-sized landscape painting hung in my brother's basement for nearly 20 years; gathering no admiration, but lots of dust. During the recent move to another house, the unwanted oil was on its way up the stairs to the commercial dumpster parked in the driveway...when the proverbial light bulb went off over my head.
      The tripods are from the 2005 remake of "War of the Worlds" movie, and Tom Cruise might have thought twice before agreeing to take the starring role; as the other worlders have returned to claim his daughter as one of their own. Ominous though they appear; there's no real suspense, as we know how the story ends. The shortsighted invaders neglected to bring along antibiotics for their conquest of Earth. If only the aliens had thought to raid the pharmacy shelves in Walgreens before vaporizing the store!"

Another one of my favorites is "Ape Watch," which shows you how he can adapt to any style.

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After -

And Robert's words -

"While the drive out to The Forbidden Zone has become more feasible over the last 20 years, one is always advised to keep an eye out for apes. Horse mounted gorilla patrols are irregular, but their treatment of human prisoners is known to be harsh. Still, most people who have made the trip agree that the unique sights are worth the risk."

We'll be previewing a few more before the opening on Saturday night, January 7th, 7-10 PM at Gallery1988 (Venice), so stay tuned! And for the first time ever, we will have prints available of his work!

And remember, the 20% of almost everything sale ends on December 31st. Check out our Facebook page, and like it, to get the code. Just plug that in when you're checking out at our website, and you get money back! Just like that.



Friday, December 23, 2011


From all of us at G1988, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

As we enter 2012, it's all in the details...

Remember, both locations will be open today 11-6 and tomorrow 11-3 PM. So we have a ton of last-minute gift ideas for you and your late ass.

G1988 (Melrose)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rain or shine!


Just a reminder to everyone, we will be at the highly publicized (TONIGHT SHOW!?!) Live Read at LACMA tonight starting at 6:30 for Jason Reitman's vision of The Princess Bride!

With names like Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Pollack (AND THE GUY WHO PLAYED DAUBER ON COACH IS DOING THE ANDRE THE GIANT PART!!!), this will be a ton of fun.

You can purchase the prints, even if you don't have a ticket for the show (as it's sold out, but there is a stand0by line starting at 6 PM), as we'll be set up, rain or shine.

This print is by the great Matt Owen (who Mission Impossible fans will get to know very well soon), and will be only $30. They are a numbered edition of 100 and 16x22 inches. Come and get em!

Hopefully we'll see you tonight!

G1988 (Melrose)

Monday, December 12, 2011


We are so excited to unveil the new Matt Owen x G1988 x Paramount Pictures poster for Mission:Impossible - Ghost Protocol!!!

Anyone attending the Midnight showing of the film in IMAX Theaters on Deceber 16th, will go home with a free physical copy of the poster! YESSSSSS, everyone! So many things with our logo on it going home with people. We are pretty excited. And congrats to Matt!

You can also download a hi-res copy of the black poster (there's a red one too, but not sure how much I can say about that), by visiting IGN -

Small note too, which probably won't be discussed anywhere - but Brandon Rike did the text, so he deserves applause too.

SO GO SEE GHOST PROTOCOL at midnight in IMAX on the 16th, go home with a poster!

G1988 (Melrose)


Find affordable gift options for everyone on your list! Orders within in the US will arrive by Christmas if purchased on or before Dec. 16th!

Leontine Greenberg
"The Ferryman"
giclee print on archival paper
10 x 10 inches
signed & numbered edition of 50


Casey Weldon
"Tiananmen Squared"
giclee print on archival paper
20 x 16 inches
signed & numbered edition of 30
inspired by the video game Combat


Drake Brodahl
"Fortress of Solitude"
giclee print on archival paper
10 x 20 inches
signed & numbered edition of 30
inspired by Office Space


Dan McCarthy
"Yellow Moon On The Rise"
5 color screenprint
20 x 20 inches
signed edition of 633
currently on sale for $48.00 (enter discount code GIFT at checkout)


Oliver Barrett
"I Know You Are"
18 x 24 inches
signed & numbered edition of 175
inspired by Pee-Wee Herman
currently on sale for $40.00 (enter discount code GIFT at checkout)


Rhys Cooper
"Dull Boyde"
5 color screenprint
12 x 18 inches
numbered edition of 100
inspired by Garbage Pail Kids & The Shining
currently on sale for $20.00 (enter discount code GIFT at checkout)




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Saturday, December 10, 2011

ADULT SWIM x G1988 (Melrose)

Gallery1988 (Melrose) will kick off 2012 with chaos, teaming up with Adult Swim to create quite the art show.

This one has been in the works for quite some time, and the work we've seen so far is epic, so you might want to make sure you aren't still hungover on Jan. 13th. Love the Scott Listfield piece on the flyer!

Also, this is a bit of a tease on our part, but the event is so awesome we still want to talk about it.

We've produced another poster for the ongoing Film Independent @ LACMA Live Read Series w/ Jason Reitman and this is the best yet. Matt Owen has done it again, getting even more love from Entertainment Weekly this time, as Reitman has recast the classic movie "The Princess Bride," and this new generation of actors will perform a table read of the script live and in person on December 15th. The tickets sold out in about 15 seconds flat, but there will be a stand-by line that night, and this time, WE'LL BE SELLING THESE POSTERS THERE! There were only 100 made, and they are beautiful. Past live read events have included The Breakfast Club (where Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul & James Van Der Beek took roles) and The Apartment (where Pierce Brosnan, Natalie Portman & Steve Carrel joined). Jason keeps the cast a mystery until the last minute, but he has announced Patton Oswalt (in the Vizzini/Wallace Shawn role) and G1988 homie Nick Kroll (in the Count Rugen/Christopher Guest role), so this one will not be a let down.

We will be outside the auditorium before and after the read, so even if you don't have tickets, you can purchase a poster if you like.

Speaking of secrets, some pretty good movies coming out next week...


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Casey Weldon Tonight!

We are VERY excited about our new show opening TONIGHT with Casey Weldon! The show will be at our Venice location from 7-10pm. Come say hello to Casey and check out his beautiful work.

In the meantime you can view the entire show online at the following link:

The work is amazing and we hope to see you all tonight!

Gallery1988 Venice
214 Pier Ave (at Main St)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


We wanted to share a few more images from Casey Weldon's solo show, which opens TOMORROW NIGHT! Here are a couple of my favorites from the upcoming show:

Casey has 20 pieces in the show with a wide range of prices, and some super reasonable pieces at only $150.00. Stay tuned for all of the available work to be posted online tomorrow.

Don't miss the opening reception tomorrow night, Thursday, Dec. 8th from 7-10pm at Gallery1988 Venice!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Casey Weldon this Thursday at G1988 (Venice)

This Thursday night, we'll open "Groty," an incredible solo show from painter Casey Weldon at G1988 (Venice). We're so excited that Casey will get the walls all to himself, as he's long been a favorite in our group shows. If you need a little refresher, here are some of Casey's recent hits:

The Old School Video Game Show at G1988 (Venice)

GPK x G1988 at G1988 (Melrose)

Crazy 4 Cult 5 at G1988 (Melrose)

And now he's all growns up and showing a stunning selection of new works -

Here's a quick tease from the show, with two paintings -

I couldn't be more excited about the "Feline Aerodynamics" series!!

Make sure to join us, and Casey in person, at his opening reception this Thursday night at G1988 (Venice), 7-10 PM!!

G1988 (Melrose)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Devil Town work now available and online!

Check out, and purchase from, the entire Devil Town show, curated by Daniel Danger, now ONLINE!

G1988 (Melrose)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

More Devil

Tomorrow night is the opening of the Daniel Danger curated group show, "Devil Town," and figured we'd give you guys another quick look at some of the pieces!

Dan Black created a few pieces for the show, so it was difficult to pick just one. But this one really plays into the show's theme and might just be my favorite. "Wagon Wheel" might just sound like my favorite pizza place btw.

Like explained in an earlier blog post, Daniel and I used the TV show Friday Night Lights as starting point to fine tune the show's theme and idea. A few artists knew about this point of reference, but Dan Lydersen took it literal, and I'm obsessed with this piece. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose.

G1988 fav Scott Belcastro delivered this awesome painting inspired by his childhood backyard camping. I wish everyone could see this one in person!

Again, the show opens Friday night, 7-10 PM, at G1988 (Melrose) - no worries about this crazy insane wind. We are all good. Buckle down the hatches.

G1988 (Melrose)

Flavorwire Covers Ghosts!

A big thanks to Alison at Flavorwire for covering our current Ghosts show! You can check out the article here:

The show is up through Dec. 3rd, so hurry and check it out if you haven't already. Soon it will be gone forever. You can see all of the show artwork on our website:

AND coming up next at our Venice location: