Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943 - 1978, New York) was a conceptual artist best known for his so-called “building cuts,” a series of site-specific projects, which he carried out in the late 1970s involving the dissection of abandoned buildings. Matta-Clark received formal training as an architect at Cornell University from 1962 to 1968, including a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he studied French literature and met Guy Debord and the Situationist International. Matta-Clark never practiced architecture, but instead devised "anarchitecture," an alternative use of buildings. The films and photo collages he made of his “building cuts” dovetail with the experimental, disorienting quality of the architectural cuts, likewise constituting a denunciation of the function of architecture.

Throughout his lifetime the artist received numerous grants and awards including the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1977) and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Theodoron (1975). Important solo exhibitions include the Paris Biennale (1975), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (1977; 1978; 1985), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1986), the Reina Sofia in Madrid (1997; 2006), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007). Notable group exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1971), Documenta in Kassel (1972; 1977), the P.S.1 in New York (1976), the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Francisco (1993; 1999), Hamburger Kunsthalle (2000), Tate Modern in London (2005), the Musée National d’Art Modern in Paris (2005), MoMA PS1, New York (2015), and The Art Institute of Chicago (2016). His work is in the public collections of the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., San Francisco Museum of Art, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Verbund Collection,Vienna.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA
Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect
Solo exhibition
November 8, 2017 – April 8, 2018

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
The Notion of Mutable Space
Solo exhibition
September 9 – November 4, 2017

ZKR–Zentrum für Kunst und öffentlichen Raum Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin, Germany
Zwischen Räumen
Group exhibition
April 28 – October 8, 2017

Kasteel Wijlre estate, Wijlre, Netherlands
Cut, Split & Eat
Solo exhibition
March 12 – July 2, 2017

Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
Solo exhibition
December 9, 2016 – January 19, 2017

Selected publications

James Attlee (et al.)
Gordon Matta-Clark
Published by: Silvana Editoriale, 2014
ISBN: 978-8836611706

Philip Ursprung (Ed.)
Gordon Matta-Clark: Moment to Moment: Space
Published by: Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2013
ISBN: 978-3869841380

Bruce Jenkins
Gordon Matta-Clark: Conical Intersect
Published by: Afterall Books, 2011
ISBN: 978-1846380730

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