The Bronx Museum of Arts is presenting a retrospective of the work of seminal American artist Gordon Matta-Clark. Working in the ’70s, the architect-trained Matta-Clark is best known for his large-scale cuts and perforations that transformed abandoned decaying buildings around New York and Chicago into monumental works of art. The term ‘anarchitecture’ – a reference to both ‘anarchy’ and ‘architecture’ – was the name of a conversation group the artist convened at an artist-run gallery in Soho. Returning to New York during a period of economic downturn when urban disorder was rife, Matta-Clark spent much of his life exploring the tumultuous conditions of the local boroughs, including the South Bronx and pre-gentrified Soho. To him, art and life were one and the same – Matta-Clark believed that art should engage directly with its physical and social environs. Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect focuses on the political nature of the artist’s oeuvre, with over one hundred works of art – photographs, films and other documentation by Matta-Clark himself on display.
Main image: Gordon Matta-Clark, Bronx Floors, 1973. Gelatin silver prints, courtesy Bronx Museum.
Where: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York
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