Looking Back in to Gordon Matta-Clark's “Anarchitecture”

Born from parents who were prominent figures from the art world, artist Gordon Matta-Clark, famed for his site-specific installations was also famous as a photographer and an experimentalist on image making. His most famous work is currently on display in Anarchitecte at the Jeu de Paume, Paris.

Gordon Matta-Clark et Gerry Hovagimyan travaillant à Conical Intersect Rue Beaubourg, 1975 Harry Gruyaert; Gordon Matta-Clark découpant au chalumeau son Graffiti Truck, vers 1973 Photographe inconnu; Graffiti 1975 Gordon Matta-Clark Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark et David Zwirner, New York / Londres / Hong Kong. © 2018 The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ADAGP, Paris; Graffiti 1975 Gordon Matta-Clark Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark et David Zwirner, New York / Londres / Hong Kong. © 2018 The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ADAGP, Paris

One of the earliest works of Matta-Clark as a photographer was in 1969, when he began to experiment with cooking by frying Polaroid photos with gold leaf in oil. His love for mixed medium is carried throughout his career. Having a scholar background in Architecture, Matta-Clark move to New York and immerse himself into a deep study of the urban landscape.

He also explored New York’s rise of pop culture through the depiction of graffiti — where he made photographs in black and white, thus the series Anarchitecture. The series was a collaborative project between architect Le Corbusier and Matta-Clark, where both tried to depict modernist architecture. It composed of images of buildings and structures meant to be destroyed, influencing principles of contemporary art and architecture.

The show about Matta-Clark's photographic and historical criticism of architecture will run until 23 September.

Habitants du Bronx peignant le Graffiti Truck de Gordon Matta-Clark, juin 1973 Photo d'archive Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark et David Zwirner, New York / Londres / Hong Kong. © 2018 The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ADAGP, Paris; . Gordon Matta-Clark Bronx Floor: Boston Road, 1972 Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark et David Zwirner, New York / Londres / Hong Kong. © 2018 The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ADAGP, Paris; . Gordon Matta-Clark Untitled (Anarchitecture), 1974. Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark et David Zwirner, New York / Londres / Hong Kong. © 2018 The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ADAGP, Paris

Images are from the press kit.

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