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Interview: Jensen Karp Talks the ‘Crazy 4 Cult’ Book, Celebrity Bidding Wars, and the Worst Cult Movie Ever (It’s Not ‘The Room’!)

Interview: Jensen Karp Talks the 'Crazy 4 Cult' Book, Celebrity Bidding Wars, and the Worst Cult Movie Ever (It's Not 'The Room'!)

Seven years ago in Los Angeles, Jensen Karp co-founded Gallery 1988 with Katie Cromwell because the latter was working at what Karp calls “a stuffy adult gallery nearby… It was so pompous and judgmental; the owner used to have to convince people to pay $40,000 for a splattering of green paint on a canvas.” He and Cromwell realized that in the art world, there was a major divide between older and younger buyers: “I had a ton of friends who were my age, who were buying something at Bed Bath and Beyond for their walls… There should be somewhere that people my age can go and actually buy art that speaks to them, rather than art that’s forced upon them.”

“The cool thing we learned pretty quickly,” he told me, “was that these young artists, while they used to be influenced by Matisse or Rothko were now influenced by Ren and Stimpy or Quentin Tarantino. We always went by the creed of, If you’re passionate about it, paint it.” More »