This exhibition will include a range of work from the artist’s earliest studies of the movement of energy flowing through structures such as trees to Cibachrome photographs and films documenting projects like the building cuts that Matta-Clark is best known for.
From the beginning, Matta-Clark’s artistic methods explored and fused different media: architecture, performance, sculpture, drawing, photography, and film. In both his art and his attitude, he sought a more open society, and proposed a new way of seeing his surrounding environment.
Considered to be one of the most important conceptual artists working in the 1970s, Matta-Clark was a key figure in much of the activity and growth of the New York SoHo art world from the late 1960s until his death in August 1978. His influence is even stronger today, his work becoming a reference point as relevant for today’s artists as for his own peers of the 1970s. His work will be the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007.