Andrea Zittel

Andrea Zittel was born in 1965 in Escondido, California; she lives and works in Joshua Tree, California.

Over the last 25 years, Andrea Zittel has developed an unparalleled practice that encompasses spaces, objects and modes of living in an ongoing investigation into what it means to exist and participate in our culture today. While nurturing a symbiosis of formal abstraction and function, Zittel explores core questions of “How to live?” and “What gives life meaning?” through an examination of social norms, values, hierarchies, as well as the creation of new systems and structures for living. Bodies of work, such as Wagon Stations, Living Units, Planar Pavilions, and Uniforms, suggest systems that can allow for liberation and creativity through prescribed sets of limitations rather than total freedom, and reshape how we think about our needs and articulated human constructs. Since 2000, Zittel continues to develop her life project A-Z West in the Southern Mojave Desert––an evolution from A-Z East––as well as High Desert Test Sites, as testing grounds for her work and investigations of day-to-day living. The over 50-acre grounds, as well as numerous satellite properties, are sites for experimentation, where environment, structure, and elements shape an intentional context for experience.

Andrea Zittel's work was also exhibited in important and renewed venues such as the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2004, 1995), Aperto ‘93: Emergency/Emergenza, 45. Biennale di Venezia, Venice, I (1993), 16th Istanbul Biennial, İstanbul (2019) and Documenta X, Kassel D (1997).



Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
USA, A-Z West, Frieze, Los Angeles
UK, Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina
UK, Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
USA, Tom Burr Andrea Zittel concrete realities, Bortolami Gallery, New York
USA, Andrea Zittel, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
UK, Andrea Zittel: The Flat Field Works, New Art Centre, Wiltshire
USA, On the Grid: a look at settlement patterns in the high desert, Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Palm Springs
USA, Andrea Zittel, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
USA, Wallsprawl, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
USA, SHORT: Andrea Zittel: Art & Design, Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Palm Springs
B, Andrea Zittel. The Flat Field Works, Middelheim Museum , Antwerpen
D, PARALLEL PLANAR PANELS, Sprüth Magers, Berlin
I, How To Live?, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
UK, Lay of My Land, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
D, Andrea Zittel - Pattern of Habit, Sprüth Magers, Berlin
USA, Andrea Zittel, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
S, Lay of my Land, Magasin III, Stockholm
I, Between Art and Life, La Galleria del Costume, Palazzo Pitti, Firenze
UK, Andrea Zittel: Clasp, Sadie Coles HQ, London
USA, Andrea Zittel - single strand, forward motion, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
CH, Andrea Zittel - Monica Sosnowska Curated by Thodora Vischer, Museen Basel - Schaulager, Schaulager
USA, Andrea Zittel - Energetic Accumulators and Token Exchanges, Regen Projects II, Los Angeles
USA, Andrea Zittel: Critical Space, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
I, A-Z Advanced Technologies, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
USA, Andrea Zittel: Critical Space, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
USA, Critical Space, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
USA, Andrea Zittel: Small Liberties, Whitney Museum at American Art at Altria, New York
UK, Andrea Zittel, Sadie Coles HQ, London
USA, Critical Space Curated by Sissy and Denny Kempner, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston
USA, Rules of Raugh, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque
USA, A-Z Advanced Technologies, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
USA, Andrea Zittel, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
CH, Open House, Genthod, Genève
D, Modernism In Dialogue With Contemporary Art From The Sammlung Goetz, Pinakothek Der Moderne, München
D, Alternatives for living. Blueprints for Haus Lange Haus Ester Krefeld, Act 2: Mobility, Kunstmuseen Krefeld , Krefeld
IRL, Palimpsest, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore
TR, 16th Istanbul Biennial, İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
USA, Baggage Claims, Robert E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle
UK, HOME FUTURES, Design Museum, London
I, Home. An Homage to Colin de Land, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
USA, The Everywhere Studio, ICA, Miami
USA, Future Shock, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe
I, Atlas, Fondazione Prada, Milano
MEX, The Natural Order of Things Curated by Julieta González, José Esparza, Museo Jumex, Mexico City
UK, Room, Sadie Coles HQ, London
F, L'Esprit du Bauhaus, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
I, La finestra sul cortile. Scorci di collezioni private Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, GAM, Milano
I, Tra Arte e Moda, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Firenze
USA, I.C. Editions 25th Anniversary, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York
USA, Jack Pierson: Tomorrow’s Man Curated by Jack Pierson, University Galleries, University of Nevada, Reno
D, Informative Rooms. The Interior as Portrait, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
I, Fashion as Social Energy, Palazzo Morando, Milano
D, When Now is Minimal. Die unbekannte Seite der Sammlung Goetz, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, D; Museion, Bolzano, I; Sammlung Goetz, München
I, Soft Pictures, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
PL, Laboratorium Przyszlosci Regress/Progress, Centre for Contemporary Art - Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
LT, In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art, De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia, I; KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, IND; Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, IND; Nero HQ, Rome, I; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA; SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, TR; The Drawing Center, New York, USA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, USA; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
USA, Ethics and Aesthetics, Pratt Institute, New York
USA, Production Site: The Artist's Studio Inside-Out, MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
USA, 100 Acres, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
D, Walking Patterns, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf
USA, Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
J, Living in the Material World, The National Art Center, Tokyo
CH, Emmanuel Hoffman-Stiftung: Werkgruppen und Installationen, Museem fur Gegenwartskunst, Basilea
CDN, Fantastic Frameworks: Architectural Utopias and Designs for Life, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria


Author, Publication Title, Date
Goldstein, Caroline, Artnet News, February 6
Chu, Mimi, Frieze, June/July
Visser, Forde, Openhouse
Preston Zappas, Lindsay, Art Review, September
Bolick, Kate, The New York Times, 30 October
Horst, Aaron, ArtReview
Godino, Federico, Artribune, November
Garutti, Francesco, Icon Design, September
Borcherdt, Gesine, ArtReview, May
Mousse, Dec/Jan
Jones, Ronald, ARTFORUM, December
Balestrero, Andrea, San Rocco - Islands, Winter
Steffen, Patrick, Flash Art, November
Steffen, Patrick, Flash Art, November - December
Andrea Zittel - Lay of My Land, Exhibition Catalogue. Stoccolma, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Herbert, Martin, Art Review, October
Salvadori, Alberto, Andrea Zittel - Between Art and Life, Exhibition Catalogue.
Amadasi, Giovanna, D La Repubblica delle Donne, June 19
Celant, Germano, L’Espresso
Andrea Zittel- Gouaches and Illustrations, Exhibition Catalogue. Basel, Schaulager
Modern Painters
Schambelan, Elizabeth, Arforum
Griffin, Tim, Amanda Sharp e Matthew Slotover, Artforum
Vettese, Angela, Ventiquattro magazine - Il Sole 24 Ore
Contemporanea, Arte dal 1950 a oggi
Stations, 100 Meisterwerke Zeitgenossicher Kunst, Exhibition Catalogue.
Lotta, Daniela, Flash Art
Travaglini, Cristina, Mousse Magazine
Fabiani, Cecilia, Elle Decor
Romeo, Filippo, Abitare, Abitare, 'p' pp. 194-200
Lo, Melissa, Contemporary 21

Public collections

National Gallery of Australia, Parkes
Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Nord, Pas de Calais, Dunkerque
LUMA Foundation, Arles
Sammlung Goetz, Munich
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Fondazione Prada, Milano
Fundación Jumex Collection, Ciudad de Mexico
Magasin 3, Museum and Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Schaulager, Münchenstein
United Kingdom
Tate Modern, London
United States of America
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Kemper Museum, Kansas City
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, the Geffen, Los Angeles
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs
RISD - Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island
SFMoMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco



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