Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Kota Ezawa, his third with the gallery. At the heart of the exhibition will be the new multi-channel animated film, The Crime of Art, in which Ezawa re-creates – in his distinctive flattened, distilled style – scenes from Hollywood art heist films, among them The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), How to Steal a Million, Topkapi, and Entrapment. The 3-screen installation functions like a cinematic “exquisite corpse” in which one screen continues the narrative thread where the previous screen leaves off. In contrast to a Hollywood film, this animation has no beginning and no end.
Ezawa notes: “I like to think of crime in this work not as a mystery that needs to be resolved but as a snake that bites its own tail.”
Ezawa will also present a selection of light boxes that further his investigations into stolen works of art, including to-scale recreations of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, versions of which were stolen in 1994 and 2004, and Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was appropriated by the Nazi regime is 1938 and was famously repatriated to the Bloch-Bauer family in 2006.
Kota Ezawa lives and works in Oakland, California. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (2017); Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA (2017); Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA (2015); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2013); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2013); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2009); Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, England (2007); and Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2006). Ezawa’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA; and Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, among others.
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