In 2018, two major museum exhibitions showcased the work of Gordon Matta-Clark in Europe and Asia.
Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect traveled to Jeu de Paume in Paris from The Bronx Museum of the Arts, where its debut presentation in 2017 drew critical acclaim. Featuring more than one hundred works as well as film projections and rarely seen materials from the artist’s archive, this major survey was organized by Antonio Sergio Bessa at The Bronx Museum with Jessamyn Fiore, co-director of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark. In her review of Anarchitect for The New York Times, Roberta Smith praised this "beautifully staged, streamlined version of the artist’s career [that] still conveys a full picture of his radical sensibility." An accompanying catalogue includes texts by the exhibition’s curators that contextualize Matta-Clark’s practice within the framework of architectural and urban history. Anarchitect will travel to the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
In Tokyo, the first full-scale retrospective of Matta-Clark’s work in Asia was on view at The National Museum of Modern Art from June 19–September 17, 2018. Gordon Matta-Clark: Mutation in Space encompassed some two hundred works including sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings, and materials relating to the artist’s performances, and has an accompanying publication. As part of this exhibition, one of the largest works from Matta-Clark’s renowned "building cut" series, Splitting: Four Corners (1974), composed of real building fragments, was shown in Japan for the first time.
Matta-Clark is considered one of the most influential postwar artists. His radical methods of subverting architecture and the urban landscape began with a series of "cuts" he produced in the Bronx borough in New York 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), slicing a house in two. As Martin Filler writes in The New York Review of Books Daily, "Matta-Clark’s audacious hybridization and redefinition of three mediums—architecture, sculpture, and painting—opened new modes of contemporary expression."
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 6–7 PM
Jeu de Paume
Join Antonio Sergio Bessa and Jessamyn Fiore for a tour of Anarchitect.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 7:30–9 PM (ticketed event)
Jeu de Paume auditorium
Artist Lara Almarcegui, curator Corinne Diserens, Jessamyn Fiore, and curator Jean-Hubert Martin will participate in a round table discussion about the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, led by Antonio Sergio Bessa.
Image: Gordon Matta-Clark, Day’s End, 1975. © The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark. Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark.
Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect at The Bronx Museum of the Arts explored 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.
Saturday, March 10, 5–6 PM
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
Jessamyn Fiore, the exhibition’s curator and co-director of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, and Federica Matta, the artist’s sister, gave a talk about Matta-Clark’s work.
May 5–September 3, 2017
Splitting, Cutting, Writing, Drawing, Eating...Gordon Matta-Clark explored the actions and activities that characterized the artist's groundbreaking practice.
The exhibition included letters, drawings, photographs, notebooks, and films related to key projects by Matta-Clark drawn from the archive of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal, and focused on the social and creative aspects of his approach—as he described it, of "making space without building it."