"He wanted to let the light in."
The Guardian, review by Adrian Searle
December 1, 2018

"Swinging high on a suspended platform in the vast interior space of a derelict steel-trussed warehouse on a New York pier, Gordon Matta-Clark, acetylene torch in hand, cut into the walls, the floors and the roof, letting the light in. Along with the sparks raining from his torch, the light cascaded from the sky through the building’s empty void to the water beneath. Arcs of light moved with the sun’s passage through the day. . . . Matta-Clark believed that art in a social context is a generous human act. He also saw it as a measure of freedom in society. He left a large trove of photographs, drawings, notebooks, films and video, which went beyond mere documentation. Much of this work is in this London exhibition—including his drawings of trees, hand-coloured photographs of New York graffiti (he was one of its earliest admirers) and drawings made by cutting through layers of paper. Everything is a trace of his passage, his ideas, his curiosity and enthusiasms."

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Gordon Matta-Clark: Works 1970–1978 is on view at David Zwirner in London through December 20, 2018.

Image: Gordon Matta-Clark, Office Baroque, 1977 (detail)