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Watercolor painting on linen representing the sketch of a nude man floating around the city, by artist Gus van Sant

Gus Van Sant
Untitled (Hollywood 12), 2019
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

Nine of the most recent paintings by the director of Elephant, My Own Private Idaho and Good Will Hunting have been on view since a few days and until November 1st at the Vito Schnabel Gallery in the Greenwich Village district - his first solo exhibition in New York.

These watercolors on linen of more than 2 meters high are almost all untitled, with the “main character” being the sketch of a naked man, who seems to float in the middle of a dreamlike landscape made of waves of cars, colors that intertwine, with sometimes in the distance a recognizable monument of Los Angeles, the Griffith Observatory.

For this first solo exhibition in New York, Gus Van Sant, who has lived in Los Angeles since the end of the 1970s, was inspired by many “years spent living not far from Hollywood Boulevard,” he explained in an email to AFP.

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