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Posted at 1:10 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

John Hughes and the art his movies inspired

By Jen Chaney

Yesterday was a day of great significance for anyone who ever admired Andie Walsh, reviled Steff and wanted to hang out at Traxx.

Feb. 28, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the release of "Pretty in Pink," the teen classic written by John Hughes about a thrift-store-chic girl (Molly Ringwald), a pastel-preppy guy (Andrew McCarthy) and the pompadoured geek (Jon Cryer) who wants to drive them apart.

In honor of that anniversary, as well as the genius of John Hughes in general, I recently visited to Gallery 1988, a Santa Monica, Calif., art gallery currently hosting the exhibit "The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes." The exhibit features paintings, posters, drawings and mixed media creations inspired by Hughes's films, from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to "The Breakfast Club" to "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." And yes, "Pretty in Pink" is well-represented, too.

Watch the video below to see some of the pieces and hear gallery co-owner Katie Cromwell explain how the exhibit came about, as well as which movie has generated the most interest from art buyers. The exhibit runs through Friday; if you're in the L.A. area, it's worth checking out.

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By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 1:10 AM ET
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Comments

Very Interesting! I just now printed Coupons of my Favorite Brands for free from "Printapons" you can find them online.

Posted by: lizziehyates | March 1, 2011 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Is it wrong that I'd rather see that John Hughes tribute than the Gaugin exhibit we've got here?

FTR, Printapons sounds like some Alice In Wonderland creature.

I'll leave the story of the Printapon to byoolin, I'm sure he'd tell it much better than I ever could.

Posted by: wadejg | March 1, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

No, I'm with you about both. Hughes would trump Gauguin, and the Printapons does sound just like the curious sort of creature that would rather go up when it could go down, rather go in when it could out. Curiouser and curiouser!

Posted by: rachelt2 | March 2, 2011 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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