Gordon Matta-Clark : anarchitect / Antonio Sergio Bessa ; Jessamyn Fiore.

"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...

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Main Authors: Bessa, Antonio Sergio (Author, Curator), Fiore, Jessamyn (Author, Curator)
Other Authors: Matta-Clark, Gordon, 1943-1978
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: [Bronx] ; New Haven : The Bronx Museum of the Arts in association with Yale University Press, [2017]
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Summary:"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 Interserct', a piece that became emblematic of artistic protest, Matta-Clark applied this same method to a pair of seventeenth-century row houses slatted 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."
Physical Description:xi, 169 pages : illustrations (some colour), photographs, portraits ; 27 cm.
ISBN:9780300230437
0300230435
Place of Publication:United States -- New York -- New York -- Bronx.
United States -- Connecticut -- New Haven.