Abrams Books / Oliver Barrett (collage)
Abrams Books / Oliver Barrett (collage)

Artists Pay Homage to Wes Anderson’s Filmography in a New Book

Abrams Books / Oliver Barrett (collage)
Abrams Books / Oliver Barrett (collage)

In 2010, curator and gallery owner Ken Harman organized his first “Bad Dads” pop-up art exhibition dedicated to Wes Anderson and the father figures in his films. Shortly thereafter, Harman established the Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco and now, six years and several exhibitions later, he and the gallery are looking back and celebrating the show that started it all with the release of The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads: Art Inspired by the Films of Wes Anderson.

The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads by Spoke Art Gallery featuring a foreword by Wes Anderson © Abrams Books, 2016

Published by Abrams Books, the book features hundreds of images of paintings, sculptures, prints, and other works of art from the annual exhibit (and 2015’s special pop-up show in New York City). There are works inspired by everything from Anderson’s 1996 directorial debut, Bottle Rocket, to his more recent films, including 2014's Oscar-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel. The 256-page hardcover also includes a preface by Harman, an introduction by New York magazine TV critic and editor-in-chief Matt Zoller Seitz, and a foreword by the man himself, filmmaker Wes Anderson.

“Wes and his entire team have been very supportive over the years,” Harman told mental_floss. “I believe he first found out about the exhibit in 2010 and we always try to send them an update whenever we put on a new show ... Wes does have a fair number of works from the show which he has collected over the years."

Anderson attended the New York City pop-up along with actor Jason Schwartzman, but he is not the only one of Anderson's collaborators who has shown appreciation for the work. “We’ve also been lucky enough to meet Tony Revolori (Zero in The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Kara Hayward (Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom),” Harman says. “Jared Gilman (who played Sam in Moonrise Kingdom) has quickly become a friend of the gallery and we see him pretty regularly whenever we do a show in New York, even when it’s not Wes Anderson-related.”

Rich Pellegrino, "Peter" Acrylic on panels

Doug LaRocca,"F is for Fantastic" Screen Print 10.5 x 13.5

Oliver Barrett, [names clockwise from top] Raleigh, Steve, Walt, Herman. Screen Prints 18 x 24 each.

Ruben Ireland, "Margot," Fine art giclée print

Matt Needle, "Rushmore," Fine art giclee print 18 x 24

Ivonna Buenrostro, "Le temps del’amour," Fine art giclée print

Harman says that designer Martin Venezky is the one who deserves thanks for the cover and interior art; Venezky worked on the previous installments of The Wes Anderson Collection, and was also responsible for selecting the art for the Bad Dads book.

“Looking at the way he laid everything out, it’s pretty apparent that there are a lot of similarities between book design and gallery curation,” Harman says. “The way individual works compare, contrast, or speak to each other across the two-page spreads and in segments throughout the book is very reminiscent to how we, as a gallery, decide which works go where.”

The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads: Art Inspired by the Films of Wes Anderson is available today via Abrams Books and Amazon.

All images courtesy of Abrams Books.

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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.


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