Andrea Fraser

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Born April 3, 1965(1965-04-03)
Billings, Montana, United States
Collections MoMA, Tate, Artic, MOCA, Harvard, Pompidou, Ludwig
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Andrea Fraser (1965, Billings, Montana) is an artist and Professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has been identified with performance, video, project-based art, context art, and institutional critique.

She studied at the School of Visual Arts, New York (1982–84), Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York (1984–85), and New York University, New York (1985–86).

Fraser was a founding member of the feminist performance group, The V-Girls (1986–96); the project-based artist initiative Parasite (1997–98); and the cooperative art gallery Orchard (2005–present).

Surveys of her work have been presented by the Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia; the Kunstverein Hamburg; the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University; the Franz Hals Museum in Haarlem; and the Carpenter Center, Harvard University. Major retrospectives of her work have been organized by the Museum Ludwig Cologne (2013); the Museum der Moderne Kunst Salzburg (2015); the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona and the MUAC UNAM Mexico City (both 2016).

She lives in Los Angeles.

Films, videos[edit]

  • Kunst muss hängen (Art Must Hang) (Galerie Christian Nagel / Cologne), 2001. Featured in Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne. Fraser reenacted an impromptu 1995 speech by a drunk Martin Kippenberger, word-by-word, gesture-for-gesture.
  • Little Frank and His Carp, 2001. Videotape performance. Fraser targets architectural dominance of modern gallery spaces. Using the original soundtrack of an acoustic guide at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, she "... writhes with pleasure as the recorded voice draws attention to the undulating curves and textured surfaces of the surrounding space" which she takes literally in an "erotic encounter".
  • Official Welcome (Hamburger Kunstverein), 2003. Commissioned by the MICA Foundation for a private reception. Fraser mimicks "the banal comments and effusive words of praise uttered by presenters and recipients during art-awards ceremonies. Midstream, assuming the persona of a troubled, postfeminist art star, Fraser strips down, [...] to a Gucci thong, bra and high-heel shoes, and says, I'm not a person today. I'm an object in an art work."
  • Untitled, 2003. Videotape performance. Fraser recorded a hotel-room sexual encounter with a private collector, who had paid close to $20,000 to participate, "not for sex, according to the artist, but to make an artwork." According to Fraser, the amount that the collector had paid her has not been disclosed, and the "$20,000" figure is way off the mark. Only 5 copies of the 60-minute DVD were produced, 3 of which are in private collections, 1 being that of the collector with whom she had had the sexual encounter; he had pre-purchased the performance piece in which he was a vital participant.
  • A Visit to the Sistine Chapel, 2005. A video commissioned by Brancolini Grimaldi and filmed at the Vatican Museum.

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Writings, Catalogues[edit]

Catalogues, monographs[edit]

  • Woman 1: Madonna and Child 1506-1967, New York: A. Fraser, 1984, 16 pp. A fictitious exhibition brochure, aimed to examine how art history constructs the artist as a transhistorical subject and, in particular, how that construction is articulated in relation to representations of women. [1]
  • Aren’t They Lovely?, Berkeley: University of California/Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 1992.
  • Andrea Fraser: eine Gesellschaft des Geschmacks, ed. Andrea Fraser, Munich: Kunstverein, 1993, 124 pp. Exh. held at Kunstverein München, Munich, 20 Jan-7 Mar 1993. With text by Helmut Draxler, an interview with Fraser. (German)/(English)
  • Andrea Fraser. Bericht / Report, Vienna: EA-Generali Foundation, 1995. (German)/(English)
  • Student Show: Selections, Lists, Awards, Announcements, Philadelphia: Moore College of Art and Design, 1997.
  • Exhibition Andrea Fraser, ed. Scott Watson, Vancouver: Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2002, 127 pp. Exh. held 18 Jan-3 Mar 2002. With texts by Andrea Fraser, Isabelle Graw, James Meyer, John Miller.
  • Andrea Fraser: Works: 1984 to 2003, ed. Yilmaz Dziewior, Cologne: DuMont, and Hamburg: Kunstverein Hamburg, 2003, 288 pp. Exh. held at Kunstverein Hamburg, 13 Sep-9 Nov 2003. (German)/(English)
  • Exhibition: New Video Work by Andrea Fraser, Vancouver: Belkin Art Gallery. 2004.
  • What Do I as an Artist, Provide?, eds. Andrea Fraser and Meredith Malone, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 2007, 23 pp. Exh. held at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, 11 May-16 Jul 2007.
  • You Are Here: Exhibition Guide, Utopie and Monument II, Graz: Steirischer Herbst, 2010. [3]
  • Andrea Fraser: Texts, Scripts, Transcripts / Texte, Skripte, Transkripte, ed. Carla Cugini, Cologne: Museum Ludwig, and Walther König, 2013, 319 pp. Exh. curated by Barbara Engelbach; held at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 21 Apr-21 Jul 2013. (English)/(German)
  • Andrea Fraser, ed. Sabine Breitweiser, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2015, 319 pp. Exh. held at Museum der Moderne Salzburg, 21 Mar-5 Jul 2015. [4]
  • Andrea Fraser. L’1%, c’est moi, ed. Ekaterina Álvarez Romero, Ciudad de México: Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), and Barcelona: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), 2016, 119 pp, ARG. (Spanish)/(English)
  • 2016: in Museums, Money, and Politics, afterw. Jamie Stevens, MIT Press, 2018, 1000 pp. Both institutional critique and reference work, documenting the intersection of politics (in the form of political donations) and art museums. [5]

Essays[edit]

  • "In and Out of Place", Art in America 73:6, Jun 1985, pp 122-129.
  • "On the Post-Partum Document: A Review", Afterimage 13:8, Mar 1986, pp 6-8.
  • "Speaking of the Social World...", Texte zur Kunst 81, Berlin, Mar 2011, pp 153-158.
  • "‘I am going to tell you what I am not; pay attention, this is exactly what I am,’", in Museum 21: Institution, Idea, Practice, ed. Sophie Byrne, Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2011, pp 82-103.

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Interviews[edit]

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Literature[edit]

  • Nina Möntmann, Kunst als sozialer Raum: Andrea Fraser, Martha Rosler, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Renée Green, Cologne: Walther König, 2002; new ed., 2017. (German)

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