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Courtesy of the artist and Vito Schnabel Projects; Michael Kovac/Getty Images. Gus Van Sant will be showing paintings including “Untitled (Hollywood 4)” (2018-19).

Gus Van Sant

Untitled (Hollywood 3), 2018
Watercolor on linen

84 x 66 inches (213.4 x 167.6 cm)

© Gus Van Sant Photo by Argenis Apolinario Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

A longtime artist, the ‘Good Will Hunting’ director talks features versus streaming, the fine art world’s “disregard” for Hollywood and his work with Robin Williams ahead of his exhibit at Vito Schnabel Projects.

There is a rough poetry to the films of Gus Van Sant, a seedy desperation in the ruins that Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix call home in My Own Private Idaho, the gloomy motel rooms of Drugstore Cowboy, the stifling suburban ennui of Elephant — everyday environments yielding a hidden beauty to the filmmaker’s camera. His own environment is a house in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz hills, overlooking the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory. The latter turns up in a new series of arresting watercolors painted by Van Sant for his first New York solo show, “Gus Van Sant: Recent Paintings, Hollywood Boulevard” at Vito Schnabel Projects, Sept. 12 through Nov. 1. 

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