Opening on Friday, October 22, the gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of work by Gordon Matta-Clark. The gallery became the primary representative of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark in the summer of 1998. Considered to be one of the most important conceptual artists working in the 1970s, Matta-Clark was a key figure for much of the activity and growth of the New York art world in SoHo from the late 1960s until his death in August 1978.
From the beginning, Matta-Clark's methods incorporated an exploration and fusion of media. Using architecture, performance, sculpture, drawing, photography, and film, he sought a new way of seeing and art-making that focused on the commonplace and the "throwaways", such as the city's abandoned buildings, bridges, and even dumpsters. Best known for his building cuts, these later works came out of Matta-Clark's concern with making pieces from discarded objects. By recycling these materials and transforming them into recognizable objects, he created accretions of references to both the physical and the metaphorical. This exhibition will focus on the theme of recycling in the earlier works of Gordon Matta-Clark.