On the occasion of the major exhibition Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Village Voice has published a profile of the artist. The article, which includes the video Day's End (1975), 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."
The exhibition 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.
The exhibition 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.
Image: Gordon Matta-Clark, Bronx Floor: Boston Road, 1973 (detail).