June 5—September 23, 2018
Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect travels to Jeu de Paume following its critically acclaimed debut at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (November 8, 2017–April 8, 2018). 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 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 also travel to the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn in Estonia.
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."
Collaged gelatin silver prints
32 × 22 3 /4 inches (81.3 × 57.8 cm)
Gordon Matta-Clark's (1943-1978) practice during the 1970s introduced new and radical modes of physically exploring and subverting urban architecture. Splitting, 1974, documents one of his first iconic "cut" pieces, in which the artist, along with several friends, laboriously sliced open an abandoned twostory house that was slated for demolition in Englewood, New Jersey, during the spring of 1974. Over a period of several months, Matta-Clark made two parallel vertical cuts through all of the house's structural surfaces; he then removed several of the foundation blocks on which it stood, making one half of the house lean slightly away from the other, creating a wedge-shaped interstice between the two sides. Before the building was demolished and removed in September 1974, he also extracted the four upper corners of the structure, subsequently exhibiting them as freestanding works of art (now in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).
The transformation of this vacant, quintessential suburban home, which for Matta-Clark represented the decay of the American dream, generated a series of uncanny and somewhat vertiginous photographs. In the present work, a unique collage, Matta-Clark has combined photographic fragments to create a disorienting perspective of his building cuts. The formal and thematic sensibility of this image expresses the artist's ingenuity in regard to the convergence of photography and the medium of architecture. His photocollages express the multiplicity of perspectives that his architectural cuts afford.
Like many artists of his generation (most notably Robert Smithson), Matta-Clark expressed a pronounced fascination with the temporal qualities of architecture and the art object. Nearly all of the architectural cuts he produced were ephemeral and survive only in film or photographic form; Splitting is one such work. A related photo-collage also titled Splitting is in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Loan Courtesy of MAMCO, Geneva
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Signed, dated, and inscribed verso
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