© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg © Bildrecht, Photo: Werner Kaligofsky

Gordon Matta-Clark

Splitting, 1974

Film, 16mm, transferred from Super-8-film, black and white and color, silent, 10 min 50 sec Camera: Liza Bear Edition 1/10


Artwork text

In an area inhabited mainly by Afro-Americans, Humphrey Street in Englewood, New Jersey, where houses were due for demolition for purposes of city reconstruction, Gordon Matta-Clark made what was probably his most radical cut. The artist split the house practically into two halves by cutting out a thin “slice” from the vertical axis. He then lifted the two halves onto the foundation walls, so that a gap of about five degrees opened up. After that, Matta-Clark removed the four corners from the roof (Four Corners). Horace Solomon, Holly Solomon’s husband, made this condemned house available to Matta-Clark. The couple also organized the “Opening” of the project, where visitors were invited to go into the transformed building. (Sabine Breitwieser)

Lending history
2009 Vaduz, LIE, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein 2006 Munich, DE, Filmmuseum