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Alexandra Grant Biography, Age, Height, Career, Husband, And Net Worth

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Alexandra Grant Bio, Age, Height, Career, Husband, Children, Net Worth

Alexandra Grant (born April 4, 1973) is an American visual artist who examines language and written texts through painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and other media. She uses language and exchanges with writers as a source for much of that work. Grant examines the process of writing and ideas based on linguistic theory as it connects to art and creates visual images inspired by text and collaborative group installations based on that process. She is based in Los Angeles.

Short Overview

Alexandra Grant
BornApril 4, 1973 (age 50)
Ohio, U.S.
Education
  • Thomas Jefferson School
  • International School of Paris
Alma mater
  • Swarthmore College
  • California College of the Arts
OccupationVisual artist
Years active2000–present
Partner(s)Keanu Reeves
(c. 2018–present)
Websitealexandragrant.com

Early life and education

Grant was born in Ohio on April 4, 1973. Her father was a Scottish geology professor who had moved to Ohio’s Oberlin College in 1969. Her mother was an American political science professor, foreign service diplomat, and educational administrator based in Africa and the Middle East. Her parents, who both spent time in Africa, divorced when she was young and she lived with her mother, who was based in Mexico City. In Mexico City, she attended a British school that was made up of a multi-national student body. When she was 11 years old, Grant attended a boarding school, the Thomas Jefferson School, in St. Louis, Missouri for a year. Shortly thereafter, she moved with her mother to Paris, where she attended the International School of Paris. From these experiences in various locations in Europe and the Middle East, Grant is multi-lingual and speaks English, Spanish, and French. In 1990, Grant graduated High School from Phillips Exeter Academy, an exclusive private boarding school in Exeter, New Hampshire. In 1995, Grant graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in history and studio art. In 2000, Grant graduated from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts with an MFA in drawing and painting.

Personal life

Grant has been in a relationship with the actor Keanu Reeves since 2019 and there is no record of any children as of the time of writing this article.
Alexandra Grant Bio, Age, Height, Career, Husband, Children, Net Worth

Alexandra Grant and Husband

Career/Wiki Biography 

In 2007, Grant had her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, curated by Alma Ruiz. A catalogue from the exhibition features Grant’s large-scale works on paper, an essay on Grant’s work by Ruiz, and an essay that inspired Grant by the French writer and philosopher Hélène Cixous. Grant’s artworks joined a multi-artist show in Tel Aviv in 2008, titled “From and About Place: Art from Los Angeles”.Grant’s work has been described as a “radical collaboration”, that is, work made in collaboration with the text and work of other writers and artists, and is often participatory and ongoing. The longest exchange has been with the pioneering writer of hypertext fiction, Michael Joyce. The paintings and sculptures based on Joyce’s texts (using them as scores or scripts to interpret rather than follow) have been the subject of at least three series: the “Ladder Quartet” (shown at MOCA in 2007), the “Six Portals” (shown at Honor Fraser gallery in 2008), and “Bodies” (shown at Honor Fraser gallery in 2010).In 2008 she participated in Edgar Arceneaux’s Watts House Project, a non-profit group that aimed to renovate houses across the Watts Towers, in Los Angeles. Each of the households who agreed to participate in the project was appointed a team of an artist and an architect to remodel their homes. The initial plan for Grant’s “Love House” was to build a large construction of her brand’s logo (LOVE) over the house. However, years passed with no major constructions taking place to any of the houses and a dispute with the IRS and the Watts House project in general, has prevented it from coming to fruition. Grant resigned from the projects’ board but is still raising funds to complete the “Love House”.In 2013, Grant collaborated on a twin series of exhibitions with Cixous, based on the latter’s book Philippines. The “Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest” exhibition first took place at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica and Mains d’Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen, France. Participants joined Grant in creating large-scale drawings of Cixous’s novel, which touched on many themes including telepathy in Cixous and the work of Jacques Derrida and Sigmund Freud. Grant and Cixous spoke about their telepathic relationship in 2013 as part of a conversation from Mains d’Oeuvres to Nottingham Contemporary in 2016. 18th Street Arts Center published the “Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest” to thank the many participants in the project, a catalogue which includes photographs of both exhibitions, and essays by Cixous, Grant, curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Robert Nashak, and a transcription of Grant’s 2013 conversation with Cixous.

Teaching

Grant has worked as a professor. From 2009 to 2011, she was an adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA). In 2010, Grant taught an MFA seminar at Cal State Northridge and from 2013 to 2014 was a mentor in the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Distance MFA program. In 2015, Grant was an MFA program mentor at Syracuse University and co-taught a course with Isabelle Lutterodt at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana.

Film

In 2015, as part of a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska, Grant directed a documentary film called Taking Lena Home. The film was about returning a stolen tombstone to rural Nebraska.

Books

In 2009, Grant met actor Keanu Reeves at a social event. This led to Ode to Happiness, published by Gerhard Steidl in early 2011, Grant’s first collaboration with Reeves. It was Grant’s first artist book and Reeves’s first book as a writer.

In 2016, Grant and Reeves reunited for their second collaboration, Shadows, a book and suite of photographic images printed by Steidl in Germany. The photographs were exhibited at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles, and Ochi Gallery in Sun Valley, ID. As part of the release of the book, Grant did a collaboration with artist Alia Raza for Issue magazine that featured fashion and shadows.

X Artists’ Books

In 2017 Grant, alongside designer Jessica Fleischmann and Keanu Reeves, established a small publishing company called X Artists Books, sometimes abbreviated XAB. In November 2019, Grant and Reeves appeared as a couple on the red carpet of the LACMA Art + Film Gala, prompting media coverage of their romantic relationship. Grant’s friend Jennifer Tilly said they had been dating “for several years”. Grant and Reeves had already been photographed as a couple in Switzerland attending the UNAIDS gala in June 2016, and several other times afterwards Grant Awards

Alexandra Grant Awards

Alexandra Grant has received numerous awards for her artistic and philanthropic efforts. In 2011, she was awarded the United States Artists Fellowship in Visual Arts. She has also received the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and the Creative Capital Grant. In addition, she was named one of the “25 Women to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times in 2009.

Alexandra Grant is an accomplished visual artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She has achieved international acclaim for her artwork and has exhibited her works in galleries and museums around the world. She has also founded several businesses and has been involved in several philanthropic initiatives. In addition to her artistic and entrepreneurial endeavours, Grant has a net worth estimated to be in the millions and has received numerous awards for her work.

 

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