Paintings by Miguel Calderon seen at Má Pêche, New York - Bad Route

Bad Route

We knew that the painting in David Chang and Tien Ho's Midtown restaurant was featured in The Royal Tenenbaums, but it turns out the artwork itself has a strange backstory too: Mexican artist Miguel Calderon had a group of models pose on motorcycles with the masks, then he took a photo and handed it over to a portrait artist to make the actual painting. When filmmaker Wes Anderson saw Bad Route, he thought he might incorporate a similar bike-riding stunt into the film, but he ended up using the piece as set dressing. Although David Chang and Co. have never explained why they chose it for Ma Peche, it works A) with the colors of the room, and B) with the overall theme of the restaurant.