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Fraenkel Gallery and RYAN LEE will present a joint exhibition by Kota Ezawa.

About the Gallery
Founded in 2013 by Mary Ryan and Jeffrey Lee, RYAN LEE has established itself as a welcoming place of discovery and dialogue for art ranging from post-war art to the contemporary. Celebrating emerging and established artists and estates, the gallery takes a multi-generational approach to its programming, presenting innovative and scholarly exhibitions across all spectrums of art practices, including painting, photography, video, sculpture, and performance. The gallery takes chances on a wide variety of boundary-pushing artists; their work consistently transcends political, cultural, material, or technical boundaries. In addition, RYAN LEE has, throughout its history, demonstrated its long-standing interest and dedication to feminist, Black and Asian American, as well as queer narratives in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The gallery is led by partners of different generations and backgrounds with over six decades of combined experiences informing its unique approach.

About the presentation
Fraenkel Gallery and RYAN LEE will present a joint exhibition by Kota Ezawa, featuring a selection of light-boxes, works on paper, and animations based on found imagery from contemporary culture. Among the highlights is Grand Princess, which will debut at the fair. Incorporating video and light boxes, it depicts the arrival of a Grand Princess cruise ship into the San Francisco Bay in March 2020, carrying some of the first known cases of Covid-19. Distilling these images into their most elemental forms, Ezawa’s work evokes the feelings of dissonance and fear that marked the coming of a global pandemic.

Images

Kota Ezawa, Grand Princess, 2023, transparency in lightbox, 40 x 60 inches (overall), courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and RYAN LEE, New York.

Kota Ezawa, Grand Princess, 2023, transparency in lightbox, 40 x 60 inches (overall), courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and RYAN LEE, New York.