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Kathryn Andrews

American, b. 1973

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Kathryn Andrews

American, b. 1973

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Los Angeles–based Kathryn Andrews finds inspiration for her wicked ready-mades of chrome-plated metal in her city’s collisions of shine and grit—its Hollywood props, clown suits, and balloons, she says. The artist looks to expose and deconstruct the excesses of capitalism, which often includes the spectacle of the established art market. Her work, which contains inflections of pop art and minimalism, has been compared to Duchamp’s ready-mades. To create her sculptures, Andrews will often rent materials from Southern California celebrity-themed shops—a t-shirt worn by Brad Pitt, for example, or a wedding ring donned by Ashton Kutcher. In using these props, whose value comes only through their proximity to celebrity, Andrews troubles the idea of precious materials. Upon returning the rented props, the assemblages are torn down, a sly evasion of the art world’s investment in permanent pieces and tangible products.

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Solo show at a major institution
Museum Ludwig, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
UCCA
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Collected by a major institution
de la Cruz Collection
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Made in L.A.
Biography

Los Angeles–based Kathryn Andrews finds inspiration for her wicked ready-mades of chrome-plated metal in her city’s collisions of shine and grit—its Hollywood props, clown suits, and balloons, she says. The artist looks to expose and deconstruct the excesses of capitalism, which often includes the spectacle of the established art market. Her work, which contains inflections of pop art and minimalism, has been compared to Duchamp’s ready-mades. To create her sculptures, Andrews will often rent materials from Southern California celebrity-themed shops—a t-shirt worn by Brad Pitt, for example, or a wedding ring donned by Ashton Kutcher. In using these props, whose value comes only through their proximity to celebrity, Andrews troubles the idea of precious materials. Upon returning the rented props, the assemblages are torn down, a sly evasion of the art world’s investment in permanent pieces and tangible products.

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
Museum Ludwig, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
UCCA
Institution
Collected by a major institution
de la Cruz Collection
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Made in L.A.
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