New York

Gordon Matta-Clark

112 Greene Street

Many aspects of some recent Conceptual art or Arte Povera seem to me to be naturalistic, since they are involved in a direct way with depictions of the real world. Yet these aspects have gone largely unrecognized. Hans Haacke’s recent poll of the visitors at the John Weber Gallery, for instance, or Doug Huebler’s many variations on the theme of a snapshot, Vito Acconci’s self-probing, Donald Burgy’s Rock Piece—all of these try hard to be true to nature and to render it without distortion. However, when such work is viewed through the dark glasses needed for linguistic Conceptualism, the issues raised are difficult to discern. Actually the concepts these artists’ works are supposedly about are of far less importance than their “natural” sociological, psychological, ecological, political, geological and/or historical implications. The confusion with linguistic Conceptualism’s rhetoric results

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