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Andrea Zittel, Prototype for Billboard: A-Z Cover Series 1 (Gold and Black Stripes), 2012, enamel on plywood, 36 3/8 x 72 3/8 x 2".

Andrea Zittel

Andrea Rosen Gallery

Andrea Zittel, Prototype for Billboard: A-Z Cover Series 1 (Gold and Black Stripes), 2012, enamel on plywood, 36 3/8 x 72 3/8 x 2".

Andrea Zittel’s signature works usually integrate into quotidian routines and address basic needs such as shelter and clothing (a fact that feels particularly significant as I write in the wake of Hurricane Sandy). Exemplary in this regard are her “A-Z Living Units,” 1991–96, and “A-Z Escape Vehicles,” 1996, compact structures custom-made to efficiently house everything her clients would need to survive (and in the latter case, to retreat). But since viewers are rarely granted direct use of these functional art objects, it’s always been hard to grasp how they are experienced, how they “work” on a daily basis. Perhaps for this reason, Zittel’s exhibitions have at times felt somewhat pedagogical. Her recent show “Fluid Panel State” absorbed this didactic dimension: Zittel wrote an artist’s statement and an accompanying “corporate” PowerPoint presentation, Dynamic Essay About the

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