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

Gordon Matta-Clark

Untitled, 1974

"Cut Drawing"

Sculpture Wood, stack of cut paper, pencil 96.5 x 137 x 9 cm


Artwork text

“A simple cut or series of cuts, act as a powerful drawing device able to redefine spatial situations and structural components,” stated the artist on the occasion of one of his major projects, Office Baroque, in Antwerpen 1977. “... He made the most unique exhibition of drawings I’ve ever seen. Each box on the floor contained a whole ream of paper. He took a saw and cut/’drew’ through the whole ream-maybe 500 sheets of paper at a time. He also mounted a photograph on the wall behind each box, and made the same graphic gesture, cutting through the wall the way he cut through the ream of paper.” (John Gibson) The cut drawing with the accompanying photography from the Generali Foundation Collection is one of the works exhibited in the Gibson Gallery in New York referring to Splitting: Four Corners, the most famous architectural intervention of Matta-Clark, which he achieved in the same year. There he split a private house, which was due for demolition due to rebuilding, into two halves and raised them onto the foundation walls. Light flowed into the building through the gap that was opened up. Matta-Clark also removed the four corners of the roof. (Sabine Breitwieser)

Lending history
2011 London, GB, Barbican Art Gallery 2007 New York, NY, USA, The Withney Museum 2006 Madrid, ES, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS) 2005 Munich, DE, Haus der Kunst 2005 Rotterdam, NL, Witte de With 2.OG 2005 Zagreb, CRO, Galerija Klovicevi Dvori 1999 Münster, DE, Westfälischer Kunstverein