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Arrested Development art show — If you don't go, would you be making a huge mistake?

Cuyler Smith/Gallery 1988

As you may notice by the sign, the show took place right here in Southern California. Cuyler Smith's "Going To See Pop Pop."

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KA-KAW! Ian Glaubinger's "Bluth Family Chicken Dance."

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G.O.B. conducts battle via Segway in Joe Van Wetering's "Fighting Dragons From The Future."

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Joey Spiotto lets the Bluths go Partridge Family in "The Bluths - Come On." Spiotto's done similar work on other geek properties like Firefly and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. There's also a version available complete with accompanying record album in a fine frame.

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Tobias failed to become a Blue Man but did get cast in a key role as Frightened Inmate #2. Anthony Petrie's "Friend Of Dorthy."

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Prepare for the power of illusion, courtesy of G.O.B. in Darin Shock's "A Magician Named G.O.B."

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Adam Hanson's "Everybody Loves Funke"; awwww, that leather daddy is adorable!

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Its fans have always said Arrested Development is fine art, and that comes to fruition in Aaron Jasinski's "It Is All Illusion."

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Michelle Coffee's "Pirate Tobias," "Never Nude" and "Dad Likes Leather." These plushes may not be appropriate for small children.

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Fernando Reza/Gallery 1988

Lesson teaching meets the Evil Dead in Fernando Reza's "And That's You You Don't Use One-Armed Persons To Teach Lessons."

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Julian Callos's "Out On A Limb"; Buster probably should have kept a closer eye on that seal.

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Tobias, with a sweater that's of almost Cosbyan proportions.

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Glen Brogan's "Bluth's Original Frozen Banana" shows a beloved project between cousins.

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So, how'd that home of the future thing work out?

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There's nothing like the bond between a mother and her adult son.

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Danielle Buerli's "Mr. Manager" — before Michael Cera was quite so hipster.


A showing of Arrested Development tribute art opens Friday night at Gallery 1988's Melrose location in Hollywood. Its name? "There's Always Money In The Banana Stand."

The art in the exhibit depicts iconic moments from the show, delves into the characters (David Cross's Tobias Fünke seems to get the most love from the artists, with numerous depictions) and takes a slanted view at the characters of the beloved show. The styles range from fine art to pop poster to stuffed plushee.

It's part of the current Arrest Development cultural renaissance. The show started as a cult Fox TV sitcom that was widely acclaimed but never gained a large audience. It took place right here in Southern California. Fox kept the critical darling going for three seasons, though they cut the last season's episode order down.

Rumors swirled for years about an Arrested Development movie, but they were finally realized recently with news that a movie would be coming following 10 new episodes, which will stream on Netflix in early 2013. All the episodes are scheduled to be released simultaneously, allowing fans to watch and instantly rewatch everything, soaking up all the details in the densely packed show.

Gallery 1988 has done tributes to a number of other pop culture icons, with shows on everything from Bill Murray to Lost to stand-up comedians. I first heard about Gallery 1988 from Kevin Smith, who helps host the Crazy 4 Cult series with art based on cult films. Earlier this year they did shows based on memes, the Avengers, video games and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim shows.

Don't worry if you don't make it out to the opening party Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m.; the art will be on display through July 21.

And if you need cash to buy a piece of art? Well... there's always money in the banana stand.

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