Gordon Matta-Clark: The Beginning of Trees and the End

Gordon Matta-Clark: The Beginning of Trees and the End
Library Shelf Location 18.MATT
Publication Date 2016

Well known for his radical “anarchitectural” interventions throughout the 1970s, Gordon Matta-Clark was always deeply, though less publicly, committed to drawing. His works on paper―which span three- dimensional reliefs, calligraphy, and notebook entries―capture the interdisciplinary spirit that defined the art world in the 1970s. Intricate and concise, they testify to his interest in the crossovers between visual and performance arts, as well as the broader integration within his oeuvre of the natural and built environment. The Beginning of Trees and the End, published on the occasion of Matta-Clark’s eponymous 2015 show at David Zwirner, documents the artist’s extraordinary accomplishments as a draftsman. Organized by theme, the catalogue presents in vibrant detail selections from Matta-Clark’s Cut Drawings, Energy Rooms, Energy Trees, and his own “calligraphy,” many of which have never been published. Perhaps the best known of the group, the Cut Drawings explore parallel, smaller-format versions of his physical interventions in architecture; slicing meticulously through several layers of paper, gesso, or cardboard, Matta-Clark created sculptural flat works that emphasized the voids created by the extraction of matter. Some of the most elaborate and colorful compositions include trees. In full-color plates, the reader can see the physical structure of his trees “dissolving” into kinetic energy and, in some drawings, becoming reduced to a multitude of arrows. Matta-Clark’s notebooks, which he often insisted on completing in a single sitting, are presented in elegantly curated groups. Combining elements of Surrealist automatic drawing with an interest in choreography, these works appealed to performance artists at the time―including Laurie Anderson and Trisha Brown. This unparalleled presentation of Matta-Clark’s drawings is accompanied by new and exciting scholarship by Briony Fer, as well as a conversation between Jessamyn Fiore and contemporary artist Sarah Sze; it marks a major contribution to the literature on this highly influential artist.

ISBN 9781941701256
Quantity 1
Pages 184p; 31.2 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
Editor Lucas Zwirner
Format Hardcover
Publisher David Zwirner Books, New York
Related Artist Gordon Matta-Clark
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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