View of “Gordon Matta-Clark: 'You Are the Measure,'” 2007, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Foreground: Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting: Four Corners, 1974. Photo: Sheldan Collins. All works by Gordon Matta-Clark: © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gordon Matta-Clark

Whitney Museum of American Art

THE ALL-TOO-BRIEF, mercurial career of Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) has attracted increasing interest over the past ten years. Thanks to monographic studies by Pamela M. Lee and Corinne Diserens, published in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and several recent exhibitions in San Diego and New York, Matta-Clark’s ten years of frenetic productivity are becoming known to a larger public. The show currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is, however, the first retrospective of Matta-Clark’s work since that held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in 1985. The many objects on display include fragments from his celebrated cuttings and splittings of condemned buildings; photographs and photomontages of the results of these cuttings; drawings and sketches; notebook pages; index cards; and, of course, films of the more important actions. In keeping with Matta-Clark’s

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