Gordon Matta-Clark. Circus-The Caribbean Orange. 1978

Gordon Matta-Clark Circus-The Caribbean Orange 1978

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Matta-Clark received formal training as an architect at Cornell University, where he studied with Colin Rowe, a preeminent theorist of architectural modernism. Yet Matta-Clark did not practice architecture, which he considered a pretentious enterprise; instead he devised "anarchitecture," an alternative use of buildings entailing a rejection of what he called "the functionalist aspect of past-due Machine Age moralists." In Splitting and Circus—The Caribbean Orange, he literally dissected buildings, cutting and carving them into gravity-defying structures. The films and photocollages he made of these pieces dovetail with the experimental, disorienting quality of his architectural cuts, which constitute a denunciation not just of the functions of architecture but of the American dream of progress.

Gallery label from The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, April 16, 2012–April 29, 2013.
Medium
Silver dye bleach print
Dimensions
39 1/2 × 29 7/8" (100.3 × 75.9 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, with contributions from Robert Beyer, Ellen R. Herman, Scott J. Lorinsky, Steven T. Mnuchin and Muffy Perlbinder
Object number
373.1998
Copyright
© 2021 Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Photography

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