Back in November the entire Internet was shocked to learn Keanu Reeves
When asked about the reaction to the couple’s sort of debut at the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala, she revealed the surprise wasn’t limited to strangers — apparently they’ve been so private a lot of her friends didn’t know either! She recalled:
“I think every single person I knew called me in the first week of November, and that’s fascinating. But the question I’ve been asking in all of this is: ‘What is the opportunity for good?’”
Well, so far most of the attention has been positive, so that’s nice. Many find it a pleasant change to see a hunky movie star with a woman close to his own age.
The other silver lining is more attention on Alexandra’s art. She’s got a show lined up in April at the Marfa Invitational in Texas, in which she’s showing three paintings inspired by the myth of Antigone, who defied a king’s orders by giving her slain brother a proper burial and famously said, “I was born to love, not hate.”
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Currently on view @tufenkianfinearts as part of @peterfrankonart's show "That Layered Look II": "I was born to love not to hate (15)," 2019. Collage, wax, screenprint, acrylic paint and ink, sumi ink and colored pencil on paper. Framed 52 x 40" (unframed 46 x 34"). #borntolove #antigone3000 #iwasborntolovenottohate #alexandragrant
Alexandra suggests Greta Thunberg could be seen as a sort of modern-day Antigone, musing:
“It’s been an absolute trip for me, seeing the paintings take on a new life as the political climate changes.”
These are definitely ideas getting a bigger spotlight now.
However, if anything it’s funny it took so long for everyone to notice Keanu and Alexandra together. With both self-deprecating humor and supreme confidence, she points out she’s pretty hard to miss:
“I’m a 6ft 1in woman with white hair. You know, the idea of fitting in… If I wanted to look like Kim Kardashian, I would have to have surgery removing about a foot off my legs.”