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Gordon Matta-Clark

American, 1943–1978

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Gordon Matta-Clark

American, 1943–1978

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Gordon Matta-Clark’s anti-establishment suspicion of the worlds of art and architecture, illustrated by his involvement in the Anarchitecture Group, led to some of the most innovative works of Conceptual art of the 20th century. His famed “building cuts” involved carefully cleaving through part or all of an abandoned structure, removing sections of floors, ceilings, and walls. For Splitting (1974), Matta-Clark carved through the various floors of a typical suburban house in New Jersey, splitting it in two. The act evoked both his own and the universal disintegration of the family. Accompanying photographs depict the resulting work as a bizarre, vertiginous visual experience.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 17 more
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Biography

Gordon Matta-Clark’s anti-establishment suspicion of the worlds of art and architecture, illustrated by his involvement in the Anarchitecture Group, led to some of the most innovative works of Conceptual art of the 20th century. His famed “building cuts” involved carefully cleaving through part or all of an abandoned structure, removing sections of floors, ceilings, and walls. For Splitting (1974), Matta-Clark carved through the various floors of a typical suburban house in New Jersey, splitting it in two. The act evoked both his own and the universal disintegration of the family. Accompanying photographs depict the resulting work as a bizarre, vertiginous visual experience.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 17 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 4 more
Articles Featuring Gordon Matta-Clark
How Gordon Matta-Clark Turned the Ruins of 1970s New York into Art
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How Gordon Matta-Clark Turned the Ruins of 1970s New York into Art
The 1970s
Aug 11th, 2015
The 1970s
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