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Sky Hook (Study for a Balloon Building), 1978

Work on paper (unique), 21.8 x 28 cm

In 1978, after his Building Cuts, Gordon Matta-Clark began working on Sky Hooks (Study for a Balloon Building). This project wanted to create a form of vital aerial space attached to buildings without involving the use of urban land and thus avoiding all real estate speculation.

The title of the project, Sky Hooks, comes from the Russian constructivist El Lissitzky who, in the 1920s, designed an elevated transport system. Significantly, Matta-Clark's last project brought together Russian utopianism, science fiction and the need to find imaginative alternatives to the increasing pressure of the price of urban land in big cities.


Technical details

Original title:
Sky Hook (Study for a Balloon Building)
Registration number:
4413
Artist:
Matta-Clark, Gordon
Date created:
1978
Date acquired:
2011
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Work on paper (unique)
Media:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
21.8 x 28 cm (height x width)
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Fundación Repsol Collection
Copyright:
© Estate of Gordon Matta Clark, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

The MACBA Collection features Catalan, Spanish and international art and, although it includes works from the 1920s onwards, its primary focus is on the period between the 1960s and the present.

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One always arrives to at something which one can no longer depict.
Dieter Roth