New York

Andrea Zittel

Andrea Rosen Gallery

Andrea Zittel’s exhibition “single strand, forward motion” followed two major surveys of her work: “Critical Space,” which toured the US and Canada in 2006 and 2007, and a retrospective of works on paper at Schaulager in Basel in 2008. Perhaps her slate felt clean. Or perhaps, since her home in Joshua Tree, California, aka A-Z West, has been a tourist destination and test site for about seven years now, she wanted to shift her terms; she might also be tracking an economically influenced curve away from high-finish collectibles toward faster, lighter experiments. In any case, this show was more abstract than we’ve come to expect from the social engineer of discipline pods and utility modules. Handmade and meditative rather than industrially fabricated and psychospiritually hygienic, Zittel’s new work addresses problems of extension, accumulation, and turning—which might mean rotations in

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