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Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure

Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure

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Edited by Elizabeth Sussman
Texts by Elizabeth Sussman, Tina Kukielski, Spyros Papapetros, Christian Schneidemann, Joan Simon, Briony Fer, Gwendolyn Owens

This catalogue accompanied the exhibition Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure, on view at MOCA June – September 2007.

Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure was a full-scale retrospective of one of the key figures to emerge in the generation of artists that followed minimalism. During the brief but highly productive ten years that he worked as an artist, and even more so since his death at the age of 35, Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–78) has exerted a powerful fascination on artists and architects who know his work. The son of surrealist painter Roberto Echaurren Matta, Matta-Clark produced a body of work that incorporated spatial, social, and psychological experiences. Best known for the variety of his often spectacular, planned architectural interventions, Matta-Clark’s works transformed everyday experiences into extraordinary visual encounters. Among the major works featured in the exhibition are sculptures made from his acclaimed architectural building cuts, as well as drawings, films, photographs, and notebooks. A wealth of documentary material related to his interactions with architecture and space, community events, and collective activity is also shown.


Softcover, 240 pages
Published by Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University Press, 2007


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