Time (US), Nov 5, 2019
Keanu Reeves Joining Hands with Artist Alexandra Grant on the Red Carpet Has Fans Feeling Joyous
by Cady Lang
Keanu Reeves, the Internet’s beloved boyfriend, just might be someone’s boyfriend in real life. The John Wick star, who’s been having a triumphant 2019, held hands with his friend, artist and longtime collaborator Alexandra Grant at the LACMA Art + Film Gala red carpet in Los Angeles on Monday night. Their hand holding, a rare display of public affection from Reeves, led many online to believe that the pair could potentially be in a relationship.
Reeves, whose Internet mythos has been built around his kind but seemingly stoic existence, has been known for generally doing public events and red carpets by himself in recent years. Reeves and Grant have been longtime collaborators; she illustrated two books that he wrote, Ode to Happiness in 2011 and Shadows in 2016. In 2017, Reeves and Grant joined forces again to found a publishing company called X Artists’ Books.
Within the constellation of rich people that constitutes the overlapping worlds of celebrities and fine artists, there have been an increasing amount of romantic relationships popping up recently. Certain outlets have referred to this as the Art Boy phenomenon, and the formula is almost shockingly consistent: a high-powered famous actress meets a sophisticated artist or a behind-the-scenes cultural scion; they click and settle in with each other almost immediately, just like Jennifer Lawrence and her new husband, gallery director Cooke Maroney. On Monday evening, Twitter was set ablaze by news of yet another celeb-artist pairing, this time with a twist: Keanu Reeves is reportedly dating Alexandra Grant, a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist.
The gossip that seemed to be swirling on everyone’s social channels last night had a lot to do with patting Reeves on the back for dating someone age-appropriate, as opposed to pretty much every other famous man in Hollywood (looking at you, Leonardo DiCaprio). However, Grant wasn’t created yesterday just to stand next to Keanu Reeves and serve as tacit evidence of his good taste. Her artwork in and of itself is wide-ranging in terms of medium and execution. She’s made striking, kinetic wire “nimbus” sculptures, organized participatory art projects that revolve around the myth of Antigone and crafted dizzying collages rendered with crayon and watercolors.
Although the pair have known each other since at least 2011 (when they began working on their first book together), this is the first time they have been spotted holding hands like this at a public event. As might be expected, the Internet was overjoyed at the prospect that their collective dreamboat might have found some happiness in his personal life and took to social media to share their excitement.
Keanu Reeves — he might be off the market, but somehow, he’s still everyone’s Internet boyfriend.
Shadows, Ode to Happiness
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