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Bill Murray Is a Bad Father

Amazon Book Review: Bad DadsSince 2011, San Francisco's Spoke Art Gallery has curated a peculiar and particular collection: art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. The annual exhibit has displayed the work of more than 400 artists, featuring paintings, sculptures, and prints depicting the misfits and imagery from all of Anderson's modern classics: The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouThe Grand Budapest Hotel, Rushmore, etc. Bad Dads, the third volume of The Wes Anderson Collection from Abrams Books, collects the best from the exhibition, and as you might expect, Bill Murray is prominent. He'd probably make a better uncle, anyway.

Enjoy these images from the book, as well as the foreword by Wes Anderson. Bad Dads is an August 2016 selection for the Best Books of the Month in Humor & Entertainment.

Also available, both by Matt Zoller Seitz :



FOREWORD by Wes Anderson

My father was the first person to mention to me, several years ago, that some people in California were putting on an art show with pictures based on characters in my movies—and that it was going to be called Bad Dads.

He did not like the title at all. (He has always been more of a good dad, and it rubs him the wrong way when people confuse him with some of our fictional characters. He monitors with Google Alert.) He did, however, like the pictures. For me, it is extremely encouraging to know that somebody-or-other somewhere is interested enough to make something-or-other new of their own inspired by something-or-other old of my own—that was in itself inspired by all sorts of other something-or-others somebody else invented before that. In fact, I have, on more than one occasion, turned to an artist represented/discovered in this series of exhibitions to make pictures for use in my own ongoing movies. (Rich Pellegrino, in particular, made a sort of a Schiele-esque watercolor for The Grand Budapest Hotel which is known as Two Lesbians Masturbating, and I think we can say he got that one just right.) Jason Schwartzman and I paid a visit to the last Bad Dads show when it made its appearance in New York. By the time you get yourself out of the cutting room on a movie, you usually have a strong desire not to be exposed to the material ever again for the rest of your life. But, it turns out, after a decade or two, it can be a nice feeling to revisit the old characters. Jason and I moved from picture to picture with our hands in our pockets, nodding and murmuring. I guess we were kind of walking down memory lane. I cannot take credit for much of anything on these pages, and I do not even know if it is actually legal to publish this book? It probably violates if not my own personal copyrights then almost certainly those of a number of multinational entertainment conglomerates. But, for whatever it is worth, I approve, and I hope you will, too.

Wes Anderson
January 2016
New York, NY



Steve Zissou's Adventure in Resin
Hand-painted resin figurine, acrylic
2 x 7.5"


Doug LaRocca
F Is for Fantastic
Screen print
10.5 x 13.5"


Bartosz Kosowski
Team Zissou Shoes
18 x 24"


Ruben Ireland
Fine art giclée print
16 x 20"


Rich Pellegrino
Acrylic on panels
10 x 14"


Matt Needle
Fine art giclée print
18 x 24"

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