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Gordon Matta-Clark, Circus, 1978, Cibachrome, 40 × 30".

Gordon Matta-Clark

Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Gordon Matta-Clark, Circus, 1978, Cibachrome, 40 × 30".

“The first thing that one notices is that violence has been done,” Gordon Matta-Clark said of his “anarchitectures,” the series of geometric cuts into buildings slated for demolition that he realized in the 1970s. “You see that light enters places it otherwise couldn’t.” Produced in January 1978 in a three-story brownstone soon to be converted into an annex of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Circus or The Caribbean Orange was the last project Matta-Clark completed prior to his untimely death in August of that year. It was also the artist’s only site-specific museum commission, complete with insurance and museum guards as guides, in a departure from previous illegal interventions within venues such as the abandoned warehouse on Manhattan’s West Side Highway used for Day’s End, 1975. True to the project’s dual name, Matta-Clark’s cuts into the Chicago building—which

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