Gordon Matta-Clark, 1969-1978
Exhibition

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
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Gordon Matta-Clark, 1969-1978
dates
16 January 1998 – 15 March 1998
title
Gordon Matta-Clark, 1969-1978
artist
Gordon Matta-Clark
New York
1943
The son of Chilean painter Roberto Matta and North-American painter Anne Clark, Gordon Matta-Clark (New York, 1943-1978) had a brief but intense life. This multifaceted, intuitive artist with enormous energy and vitality burst onto the New York art scene in the sixties, bringing influences from Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptualism. After coming into contact with artists from the land art movement, he developed an institutional critique based on group actions and experiences in public space. Gordon Matta-Clark started by documenting abandoned buildings and soon began to act upon them, making large geometric incisions, holes or cut-outs. His interventions or “building cuts” entailed a renewal of sculptural language and a critique that did not just address modern architecture, but also capitalism and the North American way of life. In only eight years, from 1970 to 1978, Matta-Clark created a complex, radical and innovative body of work that has continued to influence subsequent generations of architects and visual artists.
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