Kota Ezawa to participate in the 2019 Whitney Biennial

February 26, 2019

Kota Ezawa,  The Thinker,     2017,  duratrans transparency and LED lightbox, 26 x 20 x 2-3/4 inches, 66 x 50.8 x 7 cm

Kota Ezawa, The Thinker, 2017, duratrans transparency and LED lightbox, 26 x 20 x 2-3/4 inches, 66 x 50.8 x 7 cm


Congratulations to Kota Ezawa on his participation in the 2019 Whitney Biennial in New York. Curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley, both staff members at the museum, conducted over three hundred studio visits throughout the past year to choose the final roster of artists for the exhibition. Ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives, the seventy-five participating artists will exhibit painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound works throughout the fifth and sixth-floor exhibition galleries in addition to numerous spaces both inside and outside the museum.

Museum director Adam D. Weinberg notes, “Taking the pulse of American creativity and culture, the Whitney Biennial has been finding the future of contemporary art for nearly a century. The biennial is an essential strand of the museum’s DNA, a chance to reaffirm one of the Whitney’s deepest commitments: to support the work of living artists and to engage in a cultural dialogue about what contemporary art is and why it matters.”

The Seventy-Ninth Whitney Biennial will run from May 17 through September 22, 2019.