Hypebeasts. I’ve heard of the term thrown around but only when anything Supreme, Kanye West, or Jordans are involved. A whole fandom whose admiration for something stems from its popularity. I guess you could say that I’m lucky in a sense that a lot of things I love and admire have been pretty untouched by the dreaded mindless minions. Until now, at least.
I just want to preface this by saying that I’m probably one of the biggest Wes Anderson fans you’ll ever meet. I’ve loved his films since Rushmore (Bottle Rocket, not so much). I love the papier mâché sets, the 70’s inspired soundtrack, the yummy colors, his use of symmetry, the offbeat dialogue, everything. (He is one of my favorites along with Fincher & Aronofsky.) So naturally, when I heard about the Wes Anderson Art Show, I was super excited. I RSVPd and double-triple checked that no tickets were needed. Fast forward to about a week before the event, I saw that tickets were suddenly required! And when I clicked on the Eventbrite link, all days were of course sold out. How rude! So I called the gallery to see if there was any way to get into the show and they kept saying that because of the overwhelming amount of people who RSVP’d to the event, they had to make it ticketed. Swallowing my pride and dignity, I went on the gallery’s Facebook page and pleaded with complete strangers who were willing to sell their tickets for a fair price since I found out that some people who live in other states even bought tickets. I don’t understand! You live in Ohio! Why would you buy tickets to a gallery event in Manhattan?! That’s when I realized that these assholes just bought tickets for the sole purpose of reselling them. I kid you not, I saw a pair for VIP opening night for $400. Seriously? For a glorified Etsy store inspired by Wes Anderson’s work? That’s when I gave up.
Luckily, Brian didn’t give up and encouraged me to go with him on a date on Sunday. The author and illustrator of The Wes Anderson Collection, and The Grand Budapest Hotel were both going to be at the gallery on that day and he thought that I should at least try to get my books signed. Turns out, he was right. We got to see the exhibit and met both Matt Zoller Steitz and Max Dalton (who drew a mini illustration of Brian and I when he signed my book). The only disappointing part was that most of the original artwork I wanted were already sold but I mean, that’s just me wanting more than I’m already getting, as always.
All in all, it was a really good day. I’m still annoyed about the fact that Hypebeasts have now spilled into my world and are making it harder for me, a real true fan, to experience and enjoy something as small as a curated body of work inspired by Wes Anderson’s films but I guess when something you love has crossed mainstream, it comes with the territory. Anyway, here are photos from the show – it was definitely worth stopping by!