Gordon Matta-Clark was a visionary artist known for his architectural statements involving the demolition and modification of abandoned structures, and the photographic/cinematic documents of his deconstructions are the crux of the Whitney Museum's "You Are the Measure" which will be making it's way to Chicago from February 2nd to May 4th, 2008. I was fortunate to see the show at both the Whitney and the LA MoCA and was instantly captivated by "Days End, 1975" featuring photos of an abandoned factory on NYC's west side with an abstract cut through an exterior wall, strategically illuminating the hollow interior. Plus, per the MCA Website, the Chicago presentation will feature exclusive work from the MCA permanent collection. If you make your way up to Chi-town, this is a show well worth taking in. - KLH

Click here for the NY Times review of the Whitney show "Timely Lessons From a Rebel, Who Often Created by Destroying" by Nicolai Ouroussoff

Gordon Matta-Clark "Hair" 1972 photograph by Carol Goodden

(from the MCA Chicago website)

The MCA presents the first full-scale retrospective in twenty years of the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and curated by Whitney curator Elisabeth Sussman. During the brief but highly productive decade that he worked as an artist -- and even more so since his early death -- Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) has exerted a powerful influence on artists and architects and has emerged as a key figure of the generation that came after Minimalism.

This retrospective celebrates the brilliance and radical nature of his work in a number of different media: sculptural objects (most notably from building cuts), drawings, films, photographs, notebooks, and documentary material. Matta-Clark's work has particular relevance for Chicago because he created his last major work at the MCA in 1978. Circus or The Caribbean Orange took place on the site of the former MCA, consisting of massive cuts into a townhouse before its annexation and renovation.

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