Gordon Matta-Clark

New York-born Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) was an architect and conceptual artist whose artistic oeuvre was characterised by the interplay of intervention and deconstruction together with a brutal aesthetic. In happenings realised in buildings that had been condemned for demolition and which were usually documented on film, Matta-Clark explored alternative spatial concepts and practiced critiques of established architectural norms and modern urban dwellings. When he died in 1978, the artist left behind a comprehensive body of work which, in addition to documentary film recordings, was made up of drawings, collages, photographs and sculptures. His solo exhibitions have included; the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, MoMA, New York City, the Serpentine Galleries, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Brooklyn Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

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