GORDON Matta-Clark. THE SPACE BETWEEN

This beautifully produced book is published to coincide with a ground-breaking exhibition that opened at the CCA in Glasgow on 24 January 2003, and travels to the Architectural Association, London on 1 May. Curated by Lisa Le Feuvre, The Space Between will surely confirm Matta-Clark as one of the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century. Despite his tragically short career, the influence of Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) is ever more pervasive. Central to the explosion of creativity in New York’s SoHo in the 1970s, Matta-Clark turned his focus on the city itself, slicing through abandoned buildings to create works that were at once large-scale sculptural environments, social commentary and urban performance pieces. His stated aim was to unravel the grammar of architecture and “turn a building into a state of mind”. The ‘building cuts’ remain the best-known of the artist’s works, despite the fact that they exist today only through film and photographic documentation. However, Matta-Clark’s engagement with the urban landscape and challenge to conventional art practice also led him to set up an artist-run restaurant, Food. Armed with a movie camera, he embarked on journeys of discovery inside the hidden spaces beneath Paris and London. He handed out free food and ‘fresh air’ on the streets, created architecture from refuse, and planned visionary architectural projects that would transform the City.

Text: Attlee James, Le Feuvre Lisa. pp. 112; 18 COL; hardcover. Publisher: Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2003.

ISBN: 9781590050491 | 1590050495

ID: AM-7923

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This beautifully produced book is published to coincide with a ground-breaking exhibition that opened at the CCA in Glasgow on 24 January 2003, and travels to the Architectural Association, London on 1 May. Curated by Lisa Le Feuvre, The Space Between will surely confirm Matta-Clark as one of the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century. Despite his tragically short career, the influence of Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) is ever more pervasive. Central to the explosion of creativity in New York’s SoHo in the 1970s, Matta-Clark turned his focus on the city itself, slicing through abandoned buildings to create works that were at once large-scale sculptural environments, social commentary and urban performance pieces. His stated aim was to unravel the grammar of architecture and “turn a building into a state of mind”. The ‘building cuts’ remain the best-known of the artist’s works, despite the fact that they exist today only through film and photographic documentation. However, Matta-Clark’s engagement with the urban landscape and challenge to conventional art practice also led him to set up an artist-run restaurant, Food. Armed with a movie camera, he embarked on journeys of discovery inside the hidden spaces beneath Paris and London. He handed out free food and ‘fresh air’ on the streets, created architecture from refuse, and planned visionary architectural projects that would transform the City.

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