Exhibition

Gordon Matta-Clark. Office Baroque Portfolio

07 June to 21 Oct. 2012

Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark "Office Baroque", 1977

Gordon Matta-Clark is one of the artists most closely linked to the urban condition. Like so many other artists who settled in New York's SoHo in the late sixties, Matta-Clark became an emblem of what has on occasions been known as the 'loft situation'. His premature death in 1978 put an end to a career marked by a fast development of critical methods in the fields of art and architecture. His 'building cuts', consisting of aggressive interventions on the structure of derelict buildings, are still regarded as emblematic works. Splitting, 1973, Day's End, 1975, and Conical Intersect, 1975, soon became icons of urban activism. None of these constructions are still in existence. All that remains are photographic documents, films, drawings and, in some cases, isolated vestiges of the building. The transitory condition of this sculptural practice and its diffusion through documentary images radicalised Post-Minimalism and set the path for the tactics of Anarchitecture. The current exhibition includes works from the long-term loan of Harold Berg, granted to MACBA, as well as recent acquisitions of works by Matta-Clark.

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