Gordon Matta-Clark, 1943-1978
Gordon Matta-Clark is one of the artists most closely linked to the urban condition. Like so many other artists who settled in New York’s SoHo in the late sixties, Matta-Clark became an emblem of what has on occasions been known as the ‘loft situation’.
His premature death in 1978 put an end to a career marked by a fast development of critical methods in the fields of art and architecture. His ‘building cuts’, consisting of aggressive interventions on the structure of derelict buildings, are still regarded as emblematic works. Splitting, 1973,Day’s End, 1975, and Conical Intersect, 1975, soon became icons of urban activism.