Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery(CHG)is proud to present their last major exhibition of the year ─The Last Unicorn 40thAnniversarygroup show, featuring new works (from over 70 internationally renowned contemporary artists) inspired by the beloved fantasy film, as well as never-before-seen original film production art (including hundreds of meticulously restored frames) and a pop-up shop offering an array of exclusive merch.
Opening onSaturday,December 17thand presented in partnership withSweet Streets,The Last Unicorn 40thAnniversarygroup show will reunite fans, old and new, and provide a window into the making of the animated classic, as the exhibition marks the first time in history the film’s original artwork will be on display.
All under the same roof, attendees will get a chance to experience a "behind-the-scenes" look at the film, shop the exclusive 40thanniversary capsule collection, and enjoy new works from a generation of artists inspired by the film’s unique artistry. The show is part of a two-year global celebration in honor of the film’s 40thanniversary and is sponsored by the international animated film societyASIFA-Hollywood, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating and promoting the art, craft, and profession of animation.
Forty years ago, acclaimed author and screenwriterPeter S. Beagle's novel,The Last Unicorn, was released as an animated movie. Originally produced byRankin/Bassand animated byTopcraft studios, the film tells the story of an immortal unicorn, named Amalthea, who learns that she is the last of her kind. Amalthea’s quest to find others like herself takes us on a journey about love, honesty, pain, and fear. The story is a timeless classic rooted in real-life challenges and demands. Set in a stunning animated world with a loveable cast of characters who do not always get what they want,The Last Unicornlasts forever.
The milestone celebration kicked off in July with the film’s first screening ever at Los Angeles’David Geffen Theaterat theAcademy Museum of Motion Pictures. The special event (watch recap here) also featured a post-screening discussion betweenBeagleand film producerMichael Chase Walker, plusSweet Streets debuted an exclusive capsule collection at theAcademy Museum Storefeaturing t-shirts, jewelry, skate decks, movie posters, pins, and collaborations from well-known Los Angeles pop culture designer and CHG artistONCH.
The Last Unicorn 40thAnniversarygroup show artist roster features:
Arturo García de las Heras
Blythe by Junko Wong
Danni Shinya Luo
Hera of HERAKUT
Jackie Dunn Smith
Pip & Pop
Simone Legno of Tokidoki
Says show curator and Sweet Streets founderCaro Buermann,“It’s been 40 years since the movie came out and the unicorn’s journey still to this day captures the hearts and minds of fans all over the world. It’s a story that’s still very relevant for me and resonates with so many people because the world in which the unicorn inhabits isn’t this pure, innocent fantasy… her world is very much a messy one, like our own, and I think a lot of people can take away from that in these uncertain times.”
Open to the public and free of charge,The Last Unicorn 40thAnniversarygroup showopensSaturday, December 17thfrom7:00 pm – 11:00 pmin theMain Gallery, alongsideThe Last Unicorn 40thAnniversary Pop-up ShopinGallery 2andThe Original Film Production Art of The Last UnicorninGallery 3.
About Corey Helford Gallery:
Established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer/creator Bruce Helford (The Conners, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, and George Lopez), Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goal as an institution is to support the growth of artists, from the young and emerging, to the well-known and internationally established. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today's pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti, and Street Art. Located in downtown Los Angeles (571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033) in a robust 12,000 square-foot building, CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, with visiting hours being Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm ─ appointments are only necessary during non-visiting hours. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.comand follow onFacebook,Twitter,Instagram,TikTok, andYouTube. For available prints from CHG, visit CHGPrints.com.