“Gordon Matta-Clark”

Out soon: a film on Matta-Clark in the MACBA’s collections

Barcelona, 10 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). Harold Berg left  the MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona) an unreleased film about Matta-Clark, by Cherica Convents and Staylaerts Roger). The film My Summer 77, starring Gordon Matta-Clark about Office Baroque, one of the last works of the artist, will be screened for the first time on the same occasion. That way, the MACBA can strengthen its position as one of the main European museums presenting Gordon Matta-Clark’s work, and clearly stands out as the reference institution regarding the artist’s latest works. In May of 1977, Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) was invited by the Centrum Internationaal Cultureel (CPI) in Anvers, Belgium, and spent the summer of year 1977 working on Office Baroque. The film deals with the artist’s work in terms of photographic montages: he had decided to work on a 5-story building that used to house a private business, Marcel Peters, and that was doomed to being demolished despite its being in one of the most touristic neighbourhoods of the city. Matta-Clark was forbidden to intervene on the building’s outside façade (he wished to make his action “public”), the artist had to resort to mere internal cuttings. The film which has handed on to the MACBA, as well as many photographs, evoke the visual memory of the unique experience of transformation, by which Matta-Clark was inspired for many of his works. A combination of several cibachromes (a positive-to-positive photographic process), taking the form of contact plates, Office baroque clearly renders the in progress and in situ dimensions of the artist’s work. The film, about to be released, show a kind and talkative Matta-Clark, despite his being involved in rough physical activity. The film camera captures what the artist himself describes as a “dusty, ruined, depraved and complex” atmosphere. This 30-minute...

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