Gordon Matta-Clark, 1969-1978
Exhibition
until 15.03.1998

Gordon Matta-Clark, 1969-1978

Reshaping Structure through Drawing
Gordon Matta Clark "Splitting 2 [Documentació de l'acció "Splitting" realitzada el 1974 a Nova Jersey, Estats Units]", 1977

Gordon Matta-Clark (New York, 1943-1978), the son of Chilean surrealist painter Roberto Matta, became famous through his “Cuttings” (building transformations by means of cuts or the extraction of fragments) and produced a substantial body of drawings in his brief but intense career.

The exhibition on Matta-Clark held at MACBA in 1998 was the first major retrospective of his drawings, with a total of more than 700 works. These included sketches for architectural projects, many of which were visionary in nature; “cut” drawings, in which he explored “cuts” as a graphic technique; and “photoglyphs”, photographic sequences of graffiti on the trains of New York.

The exhibition was accompanied by a mini-retrospective of his work as a whole, which critically tackled issues related to architecture, urban planning, cultural activism, and the foundations of the historical definition of the concepts of artist and artwork. An extensive programme of his experimental films rounded off the project.

dates
16 January 1998 – 15 March 1998
title
Gordon Matta-Clark, 1969-1978
artist
Gordon Matta-Clark
Nova York
1943
Fill del pintor xilè Roberto Matta i la pintora nord-americana Anne Clark, Gordon Matta-Clark (Nova York, 1943-1978) va tenir una vida breu però intensa. Va ser un artista polièdric i intuïtiu, amb una gran energia i vitalitat, que a finals dels anys seixanta va irrompre a l’escena artística de Nova York amb el bagatge del pop, el minimalisme i el conceptualisme. En contacte amb artistes del moviment land art, va articular una crítica institucional que va promoure amb experiències col·lectives en l’espai públic. Gordon Matta-Clark va començar documentant edificis abandonats, en els quals aviat va intervenir per retallar, buidar o seccionar-hi figures geomètriques. Les seves intervencions, conegudes com a building cuts o talls d’edificis, contenien una renovació del llenguatge escultòric i una crítica no només a l’arquitectura moderna, sinó també al capitalisme i al model de vida nord-americà. En només vuit anys, del 1970 al 1978, Matta-Clark va crear un corpus artístic complex, radical i innovador que ha influït en les generacions posteriors d’arquitectes i artistes plàstics.
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Gordon Matta-Clark, 1969-1978
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