The Life Artistic: A Fan Tribute to Wes Anderson’s Movies

Meltdown Comics hosts an exhibition featuring more than 50 works of art inspired by Anderson’s oeuvre

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Elaborate, scene-stealing sets and props…
Precise, idiosyncratic dialogue…
Offbeat characters who seem like they were teleported from another era…

Wes Anderson has his own cinematic language. The Texas-born auteur’s films vacillate between the effusive emotions of a mannered cartoon and the off-kilter melancholy of a postmodern ode to a time that never was. It’s no surprise that the more than fifty artists featured in Meltdown’s Wes Andershow: An Artistic Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson (a title so twee the master might have invented it himself) have taken inspiration from his intricate, jewel-like creations. 

Curated by L.A. cartoonist Nico Colaleo, the show offers a variety of perspectives on Anderson’s oeuvre. With a roster of up-and-coming artists from inside and outside the industry—including the works by Jenny Fine, Daisy Church, Starline Hodge, and Bernie Petterson on display in our slideshow—the exhibition is a fun and lighthearted take on fan culture. We won’t make fun of you if you bring a suitcase (vintage brown leather, natch) of your favorite Anderson ephemera as you set out on this adventure.

If the slideshow whetted your appetite, Wes Andershow: An Artistic Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson opens on Saturday, March 8 with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. and runs through March 15. 

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