Sorry, Keanu Reeves fans, but it looks like the Canadian actor is no longer on the market.
This past Saturday, Reeves was spotted holding hands with Los Angeles–based artist Alexandra Grant on the red carpet at the LACMA Art + Film Gala. While the hand-holding may seem out of the blue for those who don’t make a career off tracking celebrity relationship statuses, Reeves and Grant have actually been friends for years (and have even walked the red carpet hand-in-hand before).
Keep reading to learn more about Grant, from her first artistic collaboration with Reeves back in 2011 to the art book publishing company she cofounded with the actor in 2017.
THEY MET AT A DINNER PARTY IN 2009.
In a feature published by The New York Times, it’s revealed that the two first crossed paths during a dinner party a decade ago. Not long after they met, they started working together.
GRANT AND REEVES HAVE ARTISTICALLY COLLABORATED BEFORE.
Grant created illustrations for Reeves’s 2011 book, Ode to Happiness, which pegs itself as “a grown-up’s picture book” that is “both a meditation and a gentle tease about how we cope with life’s sorrows.”
In 2016, the duo came together again to create Shadows, a series that “explores the real and symbolic nature of the shadow as image and figure of speech,” with photography by Grant and text by Reeves.
THEY COFOUNDED A PUBLISHING COMPANY.
In 2017, the artistic duo cofounded X Artists’ Books, a small publishing house that focuses on artist-centered books. Some books that the company has published include The Artists’ Prison, The Words of Others, and Oracular Transmissions.
THEY’VE MADE PUBLIC APPEARANCES TOGETHER BEFORE.
This past June, Reeves and Grant even attended Saint Laurent Men’s spring-summer 2020 runway show in Malibu holding hands.
GRANT ALSO FOUNDED THE GRANTLOVE PROJECT.
According to its website, the GrantLOVE Project “is an artist-owned and operated project that produces and sells original artworks and editions to benefit artist projects and arts non-profits.” Since 2008, Grant has used sales from the project to raise funds for various Los Angeles–based charities or art projects.
HER ARTWORK HAS BEEN FEATURED IN A LOT OF GALLERIES.
From her home base in Los Angeles to across the country in New York City to even the cobblestoned streets of Paris, Grant’s eclectic artwork has been featured in galleries everywhere. This includes the Galerie Gradiva in Paris, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, and the Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York City.
Currently, some of her painted sculptures are on view at the Lowell Ryan Projects in Los Angeles.
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Alexandra Grant's "I was born to love (1)," 2019. Neon, acrylic and oil paint on shaped wood. 52" x 38 1/2" x 4". ✨ Via @lowellryanprojects: "Alexandra Grant's new neon works push the boundaries of her sculptural text practice onto the surface of a painting. The neon, which reads "I was born to love" in her signature mirrored language, refers to Antigone and that Greek heroine's resistance to the rule of her Uncle, the King of Thebes. Antigone, in the mess of life, stands for a higher law, love. Grant's combination of neon and gestural sculpture brings into question the notion of surface and the act of taking a stance." ✨ Currently on view in the backroom of Lowell Ryan Projects and by appointment. ✨ #alexandragrant #lowellryanprojects #iwasborntolove #iwasborntolovenottohate #neon #neonpainting #contemporaryart @leafcutterstudio @pingpongpaw 📷
SHE CAN APPARENTLY OFFICIATE WEDDINGS.
On Instagram, Grant shared a photo of herself officiating a friend’s wedding in August.
From: BAZAAR US