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Gordon Matta-Clark
Upcoming Exhibition at David Zwirner

Gordon Matta-Clark: Works 1970–1978
November 21—December 20, 2018

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works dating from 1970 to 1978 by Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978). Spanning three floors of the London gallery, the exhibition will include key examples from the artist’s short but prolific career, including films, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper that illustrate his complex engagement with architecture and the many ways in which he reconfigured the spaces and materials of everyday life.

A central figure of the downtown New York art scene in the 1970s, Matta-Clark pioneered a radical approach to art making that directly engaged the urban environment and the communities within it. Through his many projects—including large-scale architectural interventions in which he physically cut through buildings slated for demolition—Matta-Clark developed a singular and prodigious oeuvre that critically examined the structures of the built environment. With actions and experimentations across a wide range of media, his work transcended the genres of performance, conceptual, process, and land art, making him one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation. As Roberta Smith notes, Matta-Clark ‘used his skills to reshape and transform architecture into an art of structural explication and spatial revelation.’1

This exhibition marks the first solo presentation of the artist’s work in London in over a decade and follows the recent institutional exhibitions SPLITTING, CUTTING, WRITING, DRAWING, EATING . . . GORDON MATTA-CLARK at Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2017), and Gordon Matta-Clark: Mutation in Space at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2018). The artist’s work is currently the focus of a critically acclaimed travelling exhibition, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, that was recently on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, and Jeu de Paume, Paris. Anarchitect continues in 2019 at the Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, and Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

International Museum Exhibitions
2018
Jeu de Paume, Paris and MOMAT, Tokyo

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."

Related Events:

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.

Jessamyn Fiore and Federica Matta on Gordon Matta-Clark
2018
Talk at The Bronx Museum of the Arts

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.

Splitting, Cutting, Writing, Drawing, Eating...Gordon Matta-Clark
2017
Solo exhibition at Serralves Museum in Porto

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."

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Overall: 23 1/2 x 154 1/2 inches (59.7 x 392.4 cm)
Panel one: 23 1/2 x 68 1/4 inches (59.7 x 173.4 cm)
Panel two: 23 1/2 x 86 1/4 inches (59.7 x 219.1 cm)

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Graffiti Scroll

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1973

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26 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 1 inches (67.3 x 95.3 x 2.5 cm)
Framed: 35 x 46 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (88.9 x 117.5 x 11.4 cm)

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Graphite and cut cardboard
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A W-Hole House (Four Corners)

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1973

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Print: 20 x 31 7/8 inches (50.8 x 81 cm)
Framed: 22 1/2 x 34 1/2 inches (57.2 x 87.6 cm)

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Graffiti - Warlock 123

Year 
1973

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Diptych
Print, each: 24 x 32 inches (61 x 81.3 cm)
Framed, each: 27 1/4 x 35 1/8 inches (69.2 x 89.2 cm)

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Silver dye bleach print (Cibachrome)
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Office Baroque

Year 
1977

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works dating from 1970 to 1978 by Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978). Spanning three floors of the London gallery, the exhibition will include key examples from the artist’s short but prolific career, including films, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper that illustrate his complex engagement with architecture and the many ways in which he reconfigured the spaces and materials of everyday life.

 

A central figure of the downtown New York art scene in the 1970s, Matta-Clark pioneered a radical approach to art making that directly engaged the urban environment and the communities within it. Through his many projects—including large-scale architectural interventions in which he physically cut through buildings slated for demolition—Matta-Clark developed a singular and prodigious oeuvre that critically examined the structures of the built environment. With actions and experimentations across a wide range of media, his work transcended the genres of performance, conceptual, process, and land art, making him one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation. As Roberta Smith notes, Matta-Clark ‘used his skills to reshape and transform architecture into an art of structural explication and spatial revelation.’1

 

This exhibition marks the first solo presentation of the artist’s work in London in over a decade and follows the recent institutional exhibitions SPLITTING, CUTTING, WRITING, DRAWING, EATING . . . GORDON MATTA-CLARK at Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2017), and Gordon Matta-Clark: Mutation in Space at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2018). The artist’s work is currently the focus of a critically acclaimed travelling exhibition, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, that was recently on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, and Jeu de Paume, Paris. Anarchitect continues in 2019 at the Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, and Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

 

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1Roberta Smith, ‘Back in the Bronx: Gordon Matta-Clark, Rogue Sculptor', The New York Times (January 11, 2018), accessed online.

 

Image: Gordon Matta-Clark creating Garbage Wall  under the Brooklyn Bridge in 1970. © The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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Opening reception 
Tuesday, November 20, 6–8 PM

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Print: 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Framed: 11 3/4 x 14 inches (29.8 x 35.6 cm)

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Ink on gelatin silver print
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Study for Office Baroque, 1st. project

Year 
c. 1977

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Print: 20 x 32 inches
(50.8 x 81.3 cm)
Framed: 22 x 34 x 1 1/2 inches
(55.9 x 86.4 x 3.8 cm)

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Gelatin silver print with hand-coloring
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Graffiti: Leon

Year 
1973

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18:40 min, silent

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16mm film transfer
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Conical Intersect

Year 
1975

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29 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches (75.6 x 100.3 cm)

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Silver dye bleach print (Cibachrome)
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Grey display
Front title 

Conical Intersect

Year 
1975

GMCT1049

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14 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches (37.5 x 100.3 cm)

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Silver dye bleach print (Cibachrome)
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Grey display
Front title 

Office Baroque

Year 
1977

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