(1945 - 1978)
Gordon Matta-Clark was active/lived in New York. Gordon MattaClark is known for modernist imagery-architecture.
Son of surrealist painter Matta, Gordon Matta-Clark was part of a
generation of modernists in the mid 1960s and early 1970s who
experimented with a variety of media. His work focusing on remnants
from abandoned buildings combines Minimalism, Conceptual and
Although he died at age 35 from cancer, he
gained renown for his architectural projects in which he cut whole
sections of floors, ceilings, or roofs to expose the hidden spaces in
between. In this way, he made his sculpture of cuttings or sections
that highlighted both their original function and the possibilities of
modern day interpretation.
He was born in New York City and in
1962, entered the School of Architecture at Cornell University in
Ithaca. He also studied poetry for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris and
in 1969 moved to New York where he found his chosen subject--abandoned
In 1977, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and
from 1985 to 1988 was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Chicago.