Gordon Matta-Clark

Conical Intersect (Etant d'art pour locataire, Quel Con, Quel Can ou Call Can), 1975

C-print, 101.5 x 127.4 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, acquisition made possible by the "Jedermann Collection" donors' group
Inv. no. 2006-151-001a
© The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / 2007 Pro Litteris, Zürich

Gordon Matta-Clark
1945 (New York, US) - 1978 (New York, US)

Life in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in the late 1970s was marked by enigmatic figures who lived in cheap lofts and hung out in local bars and cafés. Among them was Matta-Clark, who with some of his artist friends ran “Food”, the first vegetarian restaurant in Manhattan. “Food” was an important spot for artists to socialize, and it offered a framework for intense discussions of utopian ideas and projects. Matta-Clark had trained as an architect. Working in places such as a demolished building near the Centre Pompidou or a Hudson River pier, he sawed off pieces of buildings, drastically redefining their use and aura through his interventions.