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Top 10 Artworks Inspired by Cult Movies, Including Fight Club, TRON and Back to the Future

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Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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Sometimes life imitates art. Or maybe it goes the other way around. But at Gallery 1988, art imitates art at the annual "Crazy 4 Cult" exhibit, a conglomeration of pieces inspired by some of the most celebrated cult films in history.

The show, which opens again on July 8, has featured art riffing off The Big Lebowski, Edward Scissorhands, Blade Runner, Donnie Darko, A Clockwork Orange, Clerks and many more, and boasts Shepard Fairey as a past exhibitor. It's also seen high-profile buyers such as Joss Whedon, Judd Apatow, Seth Green and J.J. Abrams.

It seems the gallery is finding its niche with the cult theme. This annual exhibit is now in its fifth year, and recently its Venice location opened an exhibit based entirely on under-the-radar classic Wet Hot American Summer which, per the gallery, has seen a fair amount of success so far.

Now, a "Crazy 4 Cult" book has been released that features some of the gallery's favorite pieces from the last four years, and a foreword by Kevin Smith, no less. Throughout its pages, essentially every movie you've seen 1,000 times is represented. We were lucky enough to be sent a smattering of them, and have picked out our top 10 favorite cult-inspired pieces:

10) TRON

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We're digging this old-school TRON scene complete with a Pong reference, and is that Daft Punk hanging out in the foreground?

9) A Clockwork Orange

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A bit of a role reversal here with a female Droog. Clearly she's recently hit the milk bar.

8) Fight Club

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This taps into Marla Singer's vulnerable side. You can tell by her locket she really did love that demented little Ed Norton.

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