Andrea Zittel

American, b. 1965

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Andrea Zittel

American, b. 1965

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Fashioning common household objects with a Modernist industrial design aesthetic, Zittel explores the necessities of everyday living to better understand her environment and her fellow man. Her A-Z Enterprise—based in her isolated home in Joshua Tree, California—is an “institute of investigative living" where she designs and produces furniture, clothes, food, and various objects and articles of daily use. Starting in the early 1990s, Zittel created mobile “Living Units” that unfold into self-sufficient areas for sleeping, eating, bathing, and working. By isolating herself for a month on the site-specific A-Z Pocket Property (1999), a 44-ton floating concrete island anchored off the coast of Denmark, the artist further explored control within one’s living situation, as well as the experience of isolation and escapism.

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
Biography

Fashioning common household objects with a Modernist industrial design aesthetic, Zittel explores the necessities of everyday living to better understand her environment and her fellow man. Her A-Z Enterprise—based in her isolated home in Joshua Tree, California—is an “institute of investigative living" where she designs and produces furniture, clothes, food, and various objects and articles of daily use. Starting in the early 1990s, Zittel created mobile “Living Units” that unfold into self-sufficient areas for sleeping, eating, bathing, and working. By isolating herself for a month on the site-specific A-Z Pocket Property (1999), a 44-ton floating concrete island anchored off the coast of Denmark, the artist further explored control within one’s living situation, as well as the experience of isolation and escapism.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
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