An art collection adds to the ambiance of one's home and distracts family members from the fact that there are no walls. Cover up architectural absence with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of original artwork and limited-edition prints at Gallery1988. This Groupon is valid at both the Los Angeles and Santa Monica locations.
Featured in dozens of publications from the Los Angeles Times to Complex, Gallery1988 hangs a colorful assortment of pop-culture-themed original artwork and prints from emerging artists on its minimalistic walls. At each of the galleries, visitors can see and purchase works by artists prior to their big breaks, avoiding the price increases and long, boring Sotheby's auctions that coincide with fame. Current gallery selections include Rezatron's 4"x5" watercolor Siskel & Q*Bert ($50), a humorous mash-up of the famous film-critic duo and the 1982 arcade game, 2Cents' series of 16"x20" screenprints ($20) inspired by popular movie icons, such as Back to the Future's Doc, filmmaker Kevin Smith, and Willy Wonka, and Billy Perkins' tribute to Blue Velvet (as seen above).
Since opening its first location in 2004, Gallery1988 has collaborated with such pop-culture icons as the Beastie Boys and comic book maestro Stan Lee. The gallery's shows and receptions can attract more than 2,500 attendees in a single night and have drawn such celebrities as Jessica Alba, Jonah Hill, and countless uncredited extras.