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Installation view of "Memories of Warriors" by Chaz Guest up through March 19, 2022

Installation view: Chaz Guest, Memories of Warriors, Vito Schnabel Gallery, New York; Artworks © Chaz Guest; Photo by Argenis Apolinario; Courtesy of the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Chaz Guest, a favorite of Oprah, the Obamas and Angelina Jolie, has a gallery show featuring the actor Michael K. Williams, who modeled just before he died.

A new year has delivered two new projects featuring the late Michael K. Williams.

The figurative painter Chaz Guest has fans in high places. Collectors of his work include the Obamas — who displayed his portrait of Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice, in the White House — and Oprah Winfrey.

Angelina Jolie, a friend who also owns his work, was eager to share her thoughts on Guest. “His work conveys such depth of emotion,” she said in an email. “It is masculine and soulful, and all the more inspiring for being entirely self-taught.”

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