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.
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Early life and education
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.
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.
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.