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Gordon Matta-Clark

'You are the Measure'



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Gordon Matta-Clark: 'You are the Measure'
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Qualifying the ancient Greek saying 'Man is the measure', Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) asserted instead 'You are the measure', conveying the defining theme in an oeuvre that would exert a powerful influence on fellow artists and architects. In artworks that combined minimalist, conceptual, and performative practices, Matta-Clark gave primary importance to the individual and considerations of everyday life. This comprehensive book incorporates important new information from the Matta-Clark archive, presenting a compelling reappraisal of the unique beauty and radical nature of Matta-Clark's punnings, plans, performances, and interventions evident in the many media in which he worked: sculptural objects (most notably from building cuts), drawings, films, photographs, and documentary material. The son of Chilean Surrealist painter Roberto Matta and godson of Marcel Duchamp, Matta-Clark trained as an architect. He is renowned for his poignant use of urban landscapes, creating many site-specific works (often outside of a museum or gallery context) in New York. In this handsome book, distinguished scholars of contemporary art provide new insights into Matta-Clark's work: the reception of his art during his lifetime; the impact of his socially engaged lifestyle; the significance of his European contacts; his photography, in particular his collages that have not been thoroughly explored; his preoccupation with food and communal eating; and much more.

Author Biography

Elisabeth Sussman is curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography; Joan Simon is curator-at-large; Tina Kukielski is senior curatorial assistant, all at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Briony Fer is professor, history of art, University College, London. Gwendolyn Owens is a writer associated with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Christian Scheidemann is an independent conservator. Spyros Papapetros is professor, history of architecture, at Princeton University.
Release date NZ
March 23rd, 2007
Contributions by Briony Fer Contributions by Christian Scheidemann Contributions by Elisabeth Sussman Contributions by Gwendolyn Owens Contributions by Joan Simon Contributions by Spyros Papapetros Contributions by Tina Kukielski Edited by Elisabeth Sussman
Country of Publication
United States
100 b&w illustrations, 123 colour images
Yale University Press
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