Andrea Zittel

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Conceptual artist and designer Andrea Zittel will be speaking on cultural imperatives and market forces in a public discussion between artists/designers Bruce Tomb, Mike Kuniavsky and Donald Fortesue held at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, Calif., this afternoon at 4 p.m. Zittel was the 2007 Headlands Artist in Residence, producing new work that further explores her interest in the intersection of sculpture, design, architecture and technology. The artist is known to address all levels of habitation in contemporary society, consistently evaluating the most effective and sustaining methods of creation and use. Zittel is influenced by modernist design, reducing all elements of her creations to necessity. As a result, the artist continuously changes her own home to suit her changing interests and needs. She founded A-Z Administrative Services, a one-woman organization that develops a variety of products such as clothing, furniture and even food, which has been called “an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.” Zittel received her BFA from the San Diego State University (1988) and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1990). The artist has shown her works internationally with exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennial. Her current traveling mid-career retrospective, “Andrea Zittel: Critical Space,” has been featured in the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and several other major museums in North America.

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