Before Mondo opened up the doors on In Progress (its first Mondo Gallery show of 2013), no one wondered about which movies would be covered by the show’s artists: every piece of In Progress was based on previously-released Mondo works, so there’d be no surprises (or so we thought). And no one was wondering about the quality of the artists themselves, because any lineup that includes Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, Laurent Durieux, Jock, Jay Ryan, and Aaron Horkey is a lineup worth paying attention to.
Indeed, In Progress sounded awesome. But there was one lingering question that seemed to be on everyone’s mind: how much were these pieces going to cost? Find out the answer to that question—and any other lingering questions you might have—after the jump.
Update: We’ve added some pictures from the show after the videos.
Before the Mondo crew opened up the back door tonight, the members of the press standing around out back of the Mondo Gallery had only one question on their minds: how much were these OGs going to cost, anyway? Rumors had circulated that pieces by Aaron Horkey were going for astronomical sums of money (“astronomical” in this case meaning anything over $5,000; word ‘round the campfire was that Horkey’s pieces were up in the $7-8k range), while no one seemed to have any idea what Martin Ansin’s OG pieces might be selling for. After what ended up being one of the most expensive holiday seasons in memory—and after was what undoubtedly the most expensive year for poster collectors on record—the collectors I spoke with tonight (and in the weeks leading up to this show) were hoping that it’d be possible to pick up something from tonight’s show without going into full-on bankruptcy.
And as it turned out, the Mondo guys (and the artists who contributed work to In Progress) certainly made that possible for everyone. As you’ll see in the video walking tour Limited Paper made inside the gallery this evening, prices ranged everywhere from $100 to that previously-mentioned $7-8k range (which were, in fact, the originals—not for nothing, but some of the absolute best pieces in the entire show—from Aaron Horkey) across over 100 different pieces of original artwork, and included a huge number of artists from the Mondo library.
The only possible letdown we saw? Martin Ansin’s contributions to the show weren’t actually for sale. The center of the Mondo Gallery had been given over to two Ansin OG’s—a poster for Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy and a Studio Ghibli Retrospective piece that were maddening in their unattainability—and it was genuinely heartbreaking to be so close to pieces of artwork we all knew we had zero chance of owning. But, hey, better to have loved and looked than never to have looked at all, no?
Ugh. Sorry. That was lame. Let’s just get to the walking tour. Try to ignore the background chatter, folks:
Pretty snazzy, no? Stay tuned for more in the days ahead, folks: we’re going to have more Mondo news for you this coming week, along with updates from some of our other favorite artists and galleries on what they’ve got on the horizon (including a show from the Ltd Art Gallery guys that’s of particular interest to Limited Paper HQ). As is always the case around here: if you’re an artist or gallery with artwork you’d like to see featured on Limited Paper (or if you’re just some lucky bastard who happened to overhear a bit of poster-related gossip while standing in the bushes outside Martin Ansin’s house) we wanna hear from you! Email Limited Paper directly at LimitedPaper@gmail.com, and be sure that you’re following us on Twitter via @LimitedPaper for ongoing commentary, news updates, giveaways, and more!