A-Z Homestead Unit (2001-2005)
Image courtesy of the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Photograph: Christopher Dawson
Last week’s opening of Andrea Zittel: Critical Space at the New Museum marked the first comprehensive mid-career retrospective of this influential
American artist in her native country. Zittel’s work has gained wide attention only recently, however she has been producing a vast body of work for the past 16 years. Aspects that make her practice interesting are the recurring exploration of personal life experience and the breadth of disciplines she engages in: architecture, landscape, industrial design, sculpture, fashion and painting.
A-Z 1994 Living Unit Customized for Eileen and Peter Norton (1994) Steel, birch, plywood, paint, foam mattress, glass, mirror, lighting fixture, upholstery fabric, appliances and household objects
Her artistic intentions seem questionable, or at least humorous, when her design driven work is met with a marketing brand. She presents and ultimately sells her art through A-Z Administratitve Services. The resulting constructions are indicative of the tension that art and design seem to run into quite often these days. Design that screams to be elevated to an art status can be found anywhere (even in your pocket). Andrea Zittel’s work is art that wants to be a house.
Andrea Zittel: Critical Space
Date: 26th January – 24th May, 2006
Place: New Museum of Contemporary Art / Chelsea
Address: 556 West 22nd Street (at 11th Avenue) NYC 10011
Tel: 212-219-1222 Fax: 212-431-5328
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Admission: $6 general; $3 students and seniors. Free for members. Free for visitors 18 and under. *Thursdays $3 admission 6-8pm