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Oil and ink painting of Michael K. Williams depicted as a Buffalo Soldier by Chaz Guest

Chaz Guest

The Lonely Night, 2021

Oil and Japanese Sumi ink on linen

40 x 40 inches (101.6 x 101.6 cm)

© Chaz Guest; Photo by Toshi Sakurai; Courtesy Vito Schnabel Gallery

Gallerist Vito Schnabel talks to The Hollywood Reporter about mounting Guest’s first solo New York exhibition in two decades and the impression Williams leaves in the works: “It’s a beautiful sentiment.”

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

The beloved actor, who passed away in September at age 54, stars opposite John Boyega in Abi Damaris Corbin’s 892 that screens as part of this month’s (virtual) Sundance Film Festival. On Jan. 22, at the Vito Schnabel Gallery on Clarkson Street in New York, Williams debuts in artist Chaz Guest’s exhibition Memories of Warriors. The showing marks the first New York solo outing in more than two decades for L.A.-based Guest, a prominent painter and creator whose works have been acquired by the Obamas, Oprah Winfrey, Ted Sarandos and wife Nicole Avant, and Angelina Jolie.

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