Gordon Matta-Clark. Anarchitect
Catalogue of the exhibition

This revealing book looks at the groundbreaking work of Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978), whose socially conscious practice blurred the boundaries between contemporary art and architecture. After completing a degree in architecture at Cornell University, Matta-Clark returned to his home city of New York, where he initiated a series of site-specific works in derelict areas of the South Bronx.

The borough’s many abandoned buildings, the result of economic decline and middle-class flight, served as Matta-Clark’s raw material. His series Bronx Floors dissected these structures, performing an anatomical study of the ravaged urban landscape. Moving from New York to Paris with Conical Intersect, a piece that became emblematic of artistic protest, Matta-Clark applied this same method to a pair of seventeenth-century row houses slated for demolition as a result of the Centre Pompidou’s construction.

This compelling volume grounds Matta-Clark’s practice against the framework of architectural and urban history, stressing his pioneering activist-inspired approach, as well as his contribution to the nascent fields of social practice and relational aesthetics.

Directed by Antonio Sergio Bessa and Jessamyn Fiore.
Acknowledgments: Holly Block.
Texts by Antonio Sergio Bessa, Cara M. Jordan and Xavier Wrona.
Interview by Antonio Sergio Bessa with Jessamyn Fiore.

Hardcover, 19,5 × 26 cm, 192 pages.
About 150 colour and black & white illustrations.
English version: The Bronx Museum of the Arts
in association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London.
Price: 35 euros.

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