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  • “Transmission: The Art of Matta and Gordon Matta-Clark”

    San Diego Museum of Art
    1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
    August 19–November 12, 2006

    Curated by Betti-Sue Hertz

    A Chilean expat in Paris and the US, Roberto Matta Echaurren was a painter, an architect, and, as a friend of Breton and Duchamp, an inner-circle Surrealist. He was not, apparently, a very good father. But his son (and Duchamp’s godson) Gordon Matta-Clark, who was born and bred in New York and also trained as an architect, became a pathbreaking artist anyway, by introducing Land art principles to urban settings. Bringing together eighty-one works by both artists, as well as archival material, the exhibition will, surprisingly, be the first to compare their careers. In a main section, paintings by Matta will precede documentation and sculptural fragments of Matta-Clark’s Office Baroque, his last important “anarchitectural” building-cut, made in Antwerp in 1977. An accompanying catalogue includes essays by, among others, art historian Briony Fer and architecture scholar Anthony Vidler.