Gordon Matta-Clark was born in New York on June 22, 1943. He studied architecture at Cornell University in 1963–68. During the 1970s, Matta-Clark made the works for which he is best known: his “anarchitecture.” These were temporary works created by sawing and carving sections out of buildings, most of which were scheduled to be destroyed. He documented these projects in photography and film. Although he made interventions into a former iron foundry in Genoa, Italy, in 1973, his first large-scale project has been defined as Splitting (1974). Matta-Clark died at a young age, from cancer on August 27, 1978. Before his death, his work was shown in several solo gallery exhibitions as well as in solo shows at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile (1971), Neue Galerie der Stadt in Aachen, Germany (1974), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1974), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1978).

Gordon Matta-Clark
New York, 1943

Past Exhibitions

Gordon Matta-Clark: Milan 1973-1975

Montrasio Arte
05/04/2018 — 24/05/2018

Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
08/11/2017 — 08/04/2018

Heidi Bucher and Gordon Matta-Clark: Floors

Alma Zevi
23/09/2017 — 21/12/2017

Gordon Matta-Clark: The Notion of Mutable Space

Galerie Thomas Schulte
09/09/2017 — 04/11/2017

Solo Shows

Cut, Split & Eat: Gordon Matta-Clark, Kasteel Wijlre, The Netherlands
Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York Gordon Matta-Clark: The Notion of Mutable Space, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Heidi Bucher – Gordon Matta-Clark: FLOORS, Alma Zevi, Venice

Gordon Matta-Clark, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris

Gordon Matta-Clark: Energy & Abstraction, David Zwirner, New York
Cuts: Video Works by Gordon Matta-Clark, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Gordon Matta-Clark, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

Gordon Matta-Clark: Films, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

Group Shows

David Zwirner: 25 Years, David Zwirner, New York

A different way to move. Minimalismes, New York, 1960-1980, Carré d’Art – musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes, France
Artist Run New York: the Seventies, Jean-Paul Najar Foundation for Contemporary Art, Dubai
Home – So Different, So Appealing, Los Angeles County
Museum of Art Kunst ins Leben! Der Sammler Wolfgang Hahn und die 60er Jahre/Art Into Life!
Collector Wolfgang Hahn and the 60s, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Life World, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Variable Dimensions – Artists and Architecture, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon
Wall Writers: Graffiti in Its Innocence, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Zwischen Räumen, ZKR – Centre for Art Project and Public Space Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin

13th Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial 2016: Food – Ecologies of the Everyday, Alte Kelter 6 Fellbach, Germany
Architecture of Life, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley
Cut, Folded, Pressed & Other Actions, David Zwirner, New York
FORTY, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England MACBA Collection 31, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Open Spaces | Secret Places: Works from the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

75 Gifts for 75 Years, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alfredo Jaar: Nous l’avons tant aimée la revolution/We loved it so much, the revolution, Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC), Marseille, France
America Is Hard To See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Arts & Foods – Rituals since 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Milan
Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Food, MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
Fuego blanco: La colección moderna del Kunstmuseum Basel, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Geometries On and Off the Grid: Art from 1950 to the Present, The Warehouse, Dallas Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
Imagining Space: Constructions of Text and Geometry, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago (im)possible! Artists as Architects, MARTa Herford, Germany
Irregular Rendition, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Light and Space of the Void, Sandra Gering, New York
Maisons Fragiles, Hauser & Wirth, London tout le monde, Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

Abstract Drawing, Drawing Room, London
The Dissapearnace of the fireflies, Collection Lambert en Avignon, France
I’m Isa Genzken, The Only Female Fool, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Kunst und Alchemie: Das Geheimnis Der Verwandlung/Art and Alchemy: The Mystery of Transformation, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Las lágrimas las cosas/The Tears of Things, Centro de Arte Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain
Matthew Buckingham, Zoe Leonard, Gordon Matta-Clark, Murray Guy, New York Space Interventions: Gordon Matta-Clark and Beyond, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin

Contacts & Details

City of birth: New York Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1943