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Gordon Matta-Clark: Conical Intersect
     

Gordon Matta-Clark: Conical Intersect

by Bruce Jenkins
 

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Gordon Matta-Clark's Conical Intersect (1975) was a torqued, spiraling"cut" into two derelict seventeenth-century Paris buildings adjacent to the construction site of the controversial Centre Pompidou. With this landmark work of "anarchtecture,"Matta-Clark not only opened up these venerable residences to light and air, he also began a dialogue about the nature of

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Gordon Matta-Clark's Conical Intersect (1975) was a torqued, spiraling"cut" into two derelict seventeenth-century Paris buildings adjacent to the construction site of the controversial Centre Pompidou. With this landmark work of "anarchtecture,"Matta-Clark not only opened up these venerable residences to light and air, he also began a dialogue about the nature of urban development and the public role of art. Considered three and a half decades later, Conical Intersect reveals the multivalent nature of the artist's practice and his prescient focus on sustainability and creative reuse of the built environment. Conical Intersect and the two buildings were demolished as part of a large-scale urban renovation of the historic market district of Les Halles; today we can know the work only from drawings, photographs, and a shortSuper 8 film. In this illustrated study, Bruce Jenkins examines Matta-Clark's"non-u-ment," looking closely at the artist's proposals, working process, various forms of documentation, and the dialogue begun by Matta-Clark's decision to transform two abandoned buildings"into an act of communication."

Afterall Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846380730
Publisher:
Afterall Books
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Series:
AFTERALL Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Bruce Jenkins is Professor of Film, Video, and New Media at the School of the Art Institute ofChicago.

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