OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Kota Ezawa’s work explores the appropriation and mediation of current events and images, referencing sources from the news, art history, and popular culture.
Since the debut of his 2002 video animation The Simpson Verdict, Ezawa has been well-known for creating light-boxes, videos, and works on paper that distill found images into his signature pared-down, flattened style.
Ezawa was born in Germany, where he began his undergraduate studies at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf with Nam Jun Paik and Nan Hoover before relocating to the Bay Area. His work has been showcased in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA; SITE Santa Fe; Mead Art Museum, Amherst; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (2012); St. Louis Art Museum and many others including group exhibitions at the Whitney, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hirshhorn Museum; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others.
His work has been acquired by leading institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Musée D’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada; and Baltimore Museum of Art, MD. He has been the subject of several monographic publications, including The Crime of Art (2017) and The History of Photography Remix (2006).