Spoke Art, a San Francisco based art gallery, has for the past couple of years, organized exhibits based on director Wes Anderson’s movies (they’ve also hosted a couple of Quentin Tarantino vs Cohen Brothers exhibits). While Anderson’s movies are always filled with quirky, colorful and ultimately unforgettable characters, one above all others, seems to have captivated the minds of a great part of the artists invited to participate in these events.
Featured in 2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums, a tale about an estranged family of former child prodigies, Margot Tenenbaum though a fictitious character, is clearly made of that rare cloth whose unique personality and sense of style (the slick hair, the retro styling, the hairclip!) somehow manages to inspire artists across the board and bring out their best.
Played by Gwyneth Paltrow (a most of the time blah actress imho), Margot Tenenbaum is a playwright and adopted daughter, who once ran away from home for two weeks, to meet her birth family and came back with half of one of her fingers missing. Infamously secretive, she’s a closeted nicotine addict, who smokes unbeknownst to anyone else in her family, successfully keeping it a secret for more than two decades.
And without further ado, here’s a whole lot of Margot Tenenbaum as seen through the eyes of a myriad of artists:
Chuck Sperry (Who packs a double punch by paying hommage to Alphonse Mucha’s art nouveau classic poster “Medea”. As you might remember, I’d already tackled Chuck’s work before, looking at some of his sources of inspiration)Irma Rivera