Gordon Matta-clark: Anarchitect

byAntonio Sergio Bessa, Jessamyn FioreContribution byCara M. Jordan

Hardcover | November 28, 2017

Gordon Matta-clark: Anarchitect by Antonio Sergio Bessa
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"Undoing is just as much a democratic right as doing."---Gordon Matta-Clark

This revealing book looks at the groundbreaking work of Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978), whose socially conscious practice blurred the boundaries between contemporary art and architecture. After completing a degree in architecture at Cornell University, Matta-Clark returned to his home city of New York. There he employed the term “anarchitecture,” combining “anarchy” and “architecture,” to describe the site-specific works he initially realized in the South Bronx.

The borough’s many abandoned buildings, the result of economic decline and middle-class flight, served as Matta-Clark’s raw material. His series Cuts dissected these structures, performing an anatomical study of the ravaged urban landscape. Moving from New York to Paris with Conical Intersect, a piece that became emblematic of artistic protest, Matta-Clark applied this same method to a pair of 17th-century row houses slated for demolition as a result of the Centre Pompidou’s construction. This compelling volume grounds Matta-Clark’s practice against the framework of architectural and urban history, stressing his pioneering activist-inspired approach, as well as his contribution to the nascent fields of social practice and relational aesthetics.
Title:Gordon Matta-clark: AnarchitectFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:184 pages, 10 X 7.5 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:184 pages, 10 X 7.5 X 0.98 inPublished:November 28, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300230435

ISBN - 13:9780300230437

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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