Gordon Matta-Clark & Rirkrit Tiravanija
Opening on March 21, 2007, David Zwirner and Gavin Brown's enterprise are pleased to co-present an exhibition by Gordon Matta-Clark and Rirkrit Tiravanija, to be displayed in David Zwirner's 519 W. 19th Street gallery. The show will include one seminal work by each artist, both of which focus on the transformation of space in the area of 89 & 112 Greene Street in SoHo–Matta-Clark's in 1972 and Tiravanija's in 1992.
Gordon Matta-Clark, a key figure in the activity and growth of the New York art world from the late 1960s until his death in August, 1978, was heavily inspired by the dematerialization movement of the late 1960s. Perhaps best known for his architectural "cuttings"–sculptures made from slices of buildings slated for demolition–Matta-Clark was co-founder of FOOD in 1971, a functioning restaurant that employed artists and hosted art/food performances. He also helped Jeffrey Lew establish 112 Greene Street (now White Columns), the first alternative gallery in New York with an open exhibition program. Matta-Clark is currently the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, on view through June 3, 2007. The exhibition will then travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA from September 16, 2007 through January 7, 2008.
This catalogue covers the brief but groundbreaking career of the self-proclaimed “anarchitect” Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978), one of the most influential American artists of the 1970s. The immense ambition and scale of his projects, and their fearless reimagining of the urban landscape, challenged city-dwellers to reconsider the very notion of built structure and the fragility of seemingly unassailable edifices. Matta-Clark’s first interventions took place in abandoned, derelict structures, upon which he performed his famous “building cuts” and “intersects.” First published in 2008 (for a show at SMS Contemporanea in Siena), and organized thematically and chronologically, this substantial volume looks at these and other bodies of work, such as the Food restaurant, the performances, the “estates,” and the artist’s pursuit of alternative economical housing. The catalogue also includes a filmography and critical essays, plus an interview done by Judith Russi Kirshner in 1978.