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HAPPENINGText: Carlos J. Gomez

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.

Andrea Zittel, A-Z Homestead Unit, 2001-2005, Photo: Christopher Dawson

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.

Andrea Zittel, 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: January 26th – May 24th, 2006
Open: 12:00 – 18:00 (Closed Sunday and Monday)
Place: New Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
Admissions: $6 General, $3 Students and seniors
Tel: +1 212 219 1222

Text: Carlos J. Gomez
Photos: Courtesy of the New Museum of Contemporary Art

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