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Watercolor on linen painting of a man running between traffic in Los Angeles by Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant
Float, 2019
Watercolor on linen
84 x 62 inches (213.4 x 157.5 cm)
© Gus Van Sant Photo by Argenis Apolinario Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

LOS ANGELES — If you asked the auteur film director Gus Van Sant how long he has been painting, he might tell you about winning first prize at the annual art show in his hometown Darien, Conn., when he was 12. He might relate the influence of Jackson Pollock on his style as an 8-year-old. (It wasn’t such a big deal, he’d say. “It was really just because you could throw paint and that was a painting.”) He might even explain how, as a dual painting and film major at the Rhode Island School of Design, he dropped the art course because film “was harder, and I just didn’t know about it. I knew about painting.”

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