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.
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.
Images are from the press kit.