Gordon Matta-Clark: Art, Architecture and the Attack on Modernism

Text by Stephen Walker


Known for—and even overshadowed by—his brutal and spectacular building cuts, Gordon Matta-Clark\s oeuvre is unique in the history of American art. He worked in the 1970s on the boarders between art and architecture and his diverse practice is often understood as an outright rejection of the tenets of high modernism. Stephen Walker argues instead for the artist\s ambivalent relationship with the architectural heritage he is often claimed to disavow, thus making this the first book to extrapolate Matta-Clark\s thinking beyond its immediate context.Walker considers the broad range of Matta-Clark\s ephemeral practice, from montage to actual interventions and from performance art and installation to drawing, film and video. Bringing to the fore the consistent themes and issues explored through this broad range of media, and in particular the complex notion of the \discreet violation\, he reveals the continued relevance of Matta-Clark\s artistic and theoretical oeuvre to the reception of artistic and architectural work today.


Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Artists: Gordon Matta-Clark

Contributors: Stephen Walker

Designer: Caroline Hillier + Roger Hillier

Printer: CPI Antony Rowe, Chippenham, Great Britain

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Softcover

Dimensions: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 in (15.9 x 23.5 cm)

Pages: 224

ISBN: 9781845119669

Retail: $33 US & Canada | £17.99

Status: Available

Gordon Matta-Clark

Born in New York in 1943, Gordon Matta-Clark is widely considered one of the most influential artists working in the 1970s. He was a key contributor to the activity and growth of the New York art world in SoHo from the late 1960s until his untimely death in 1978. His practice introduced new and radical modes of physically exploring and subverting urban architecture, and some of his most well-known projects involved laboriously cutting holes into floors of abandoned buildings or, as with Splitting (1974), slicing a suburban villa in two.

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