Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
November 8 - April 8
Curated by Antonio Sergio Bessa and Jessamyn Fiore
This exhibition promises to explore dimensions of Matta-Clark only touched on in previous retrospectives, homing in on his architectural projects of the 1970s. The artist adopted the sobriquet anarchitect, with a bow to the art brut painter Jean Dubuffet and in explicit opposition to his professional education at Cornell. But the work to be exhibited in the Bronx this fallwhich will include preparatory drawings and documentation of his famous cuttings, including the highly complex incision through two seventeenth-century Parisian town houses that functioned as a viewfinder for the Centre Pompidou, then under constructionreveals a seriously competent architect’s eye. A large selection of Matta-Clark’s photography of walls and graffiti will demonstrate his considerable skill with that medium, too, and provide a record of his social and political activismrounding out our understanding of this mercurial figure as one of the late twentieth century’s most radical thinkers. Travels to the Jeu de Paume, Paris, June 4–Sept. 23, 2018; Kumu Kunstimuuseum, Tallinn, Estonia, Mar. 1–Aug. 4, 2019; Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA, Sept. 12–Dec. 15, 2019.