In her review of Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Roberta Smith praises this "beautifully staged, streamlined version of the artist's career [that] still conveys a full picture of his radical sensibility." Smith's article in The New York Times features multiple video clips and images from the show, which explores how the artist's practice introduced radical ways of subverting urban architecture, beginning with the series of "cuts" he produced in the Bronx in the early 1970s. Some of his best-known projects involved laboriously cutting holes in the floors or walls of abandoned or soon-to-be-demolished buildings or, as with Splitting (1974), meticulously slicing a house in two.
Anarchitect has been organized by Antonio Sergio Bessa, Director of Curatorial and Education Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts with Jessamyn Fiore, co-director of the Matta-Clark Estate, and includes more than 100 artworks, as well as film projections and rarely seen materials from the artist's archive. The exhibition will travel to Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, and the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts.
A profile of the artist in The Village Voice concludes that Anarchitect is "a perfect exhibition for the venue, and a clear elaboration of Matta-Clark's best lesson: that an impossible dream of pure grassroots harmony can make for compelling art."
Image: Gordon Matta-Clark, Bronx Floor: Boston Road, 1973 (detail).