A-Z West Cover (blue), 2018, by Andrea Zittel. Handwoven wool textile 165.1 × 81.3 cm/65 × 32 inches. Courtesy by the artist and Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong. 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. Since 2000, Zittel continues to develop her life project A-Z West in the Southern Mojave Desert - an evolution from A-Z East, founded in New York in the early 90s. The over 70-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 was born in 1965 in Escondido, California. She received a BFA in painting and sculpture from San Diego State University, and an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. In the early 90s she first established her practice in New York. Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale and Documenta X. She has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Louisiana Museum in Denmark, and the Schaulager in Basel, among others. 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.