Owen Wilson, Art Monster

On a museum-hopping day in Paris, the star of “Paint” makes it clear that he knows his Picassos.
Owen Wilson holding a mug that says Picasso.
Illustration by João Fazenda

In the new movie “Paint,” Owen Wilson plays Carl Nargle, a power-whispering, topiary-headed public-television painter, who is a lot like Bob Ross except that his signature phrase is “Thanks for going to a special place with me,” instead of “We don’t make mistakes, only happy little accidents.” It was therefore synergistic, though not intentional, that Wilson was in Paris recently, making the art rounds with his art friends, the gallerist Tony Shafrazi and the collector Peter Brant. On Tuesday night, he attended the opening of “Basquiat x Warhol. Painting Four Hands,” at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. The next afternoon, he had planned to meet a reporter at the Picasso Museum.

“Right now I’m going to race over to this Musée Maillol 🤷‍♂️,” he texted, a few hours in advance.

“Art monster!” the reporter replied.