Harry Potter Art at Nucleus Gallery
If you couldn't handle waiting in line for two hours to get into Nucleus Gallery's recent extremely packed Harry Potter-themed art show, this is the sort of thing you missed. That's a hanging sculpture of a thestral in the photo above. Awesome, right? The rest of the art was also pretty amazing.
Gendy Alimurung J. Shea: Thestral
This piece by Caroline Hadilaksono was also available as a print reproduction. The original sold for $700. The style is reminiscent of vintage Disney posters.
Caroline Hadilaksono: Hogwarts at Night
"That was one of the biggest shows we've had in a long time," said Nucleus Gallery owner Ben Zhu a few days afterwards. "We knew there was going to be a lot of people, but not that many. When you see a thousand people in a queue? It's crazy." Some 1,300 people converged on the gallery that evening. Yeah. That's a lot of Pottermania for one small space.
These little sculptures, by the way, were made by the company Gentle Giant. They also made a giant Voldemort (or half a Voldemort) for the show. Gentle Giant makes large size replicas for the movie industry. They are known for 3D scanning "of actors faces and stuff," said Zhu.
The one on the right is yours for $150,000. Why so expensive? Well, it's an original painting by Drew Struzan. He's the guy who painted the iconic E.T. film poster...and Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Goonies, Back to the Future, and on and on.
He's one of the last of the old school movie poster artists who still use actual, physical paint (shocking!) instead of Photoshop. Also, the painting, which was supposed to be for the second Harry Potter film, was never used (they went with a Photoshopped version instead). Struzan apparently went to the Nucleus' show opening night. He did not wear a Hogwarts costume. Zhu doesn't know if he bought any artwork.
On the other end of the spectrum is stuff like this painting entitled The Grim, by Andrea Rossi.
Andrea Rossi: The Grim
Seb Mesnard's Forbidden Forest