A crop of a Barbie art piece by Leilani Joy. All Images: Gallery 1988
A crop of a Barbie art piece by Leilani Joy. All Images: Gallery 1988

So many of us grew up with Mattel toys—and now, as adults, that nostalgia is still part of us. Enter Gallery 1988, which holds annual art shows featuring works in all mediums based on Mattel’s most popular brands. Time to bring that childhood back.

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The latest show opens this Friday in Los Angeles, but we’ve got a few pieces to preview if you can’t make it. And obviously, the show has a heavy He-Man and Barbie lean, since those are two of Mattel’s most recognizable properties. But they aren’t the only toys that provided artistic inspiration, as you’ll see.

Art by Leilani Joy
Art by Leilani Joy
Art by Cuddly Rigor Mortis
Art by Cuddly Rigor Mortis
Art by Cuyler Smith
Art by Cuyler Smith
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Art by Matt Ritchie
Art by Matt Ritchie
Art by Roland Tamayo
Art by Roland Tamayo
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Art by Mab Graves
Art by Mab Graves
Art by Lou Pimentel
Art by Lou Pimentel
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Art by Jesse Riggle
Art by Jesse Riggle
Art by Dan Mumford
Art by Dan Mumford
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Art by Kiersten Essenpreis
Art by Kiersten Essenpreis

The exhibit opens at 7 p.m. on June 23; Gallery 1988’s address is 7308 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, California. Click here for more info.

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