Walls Paper, Deconstructed

Gordon Matta-Clark, Walls Paper, limited edition with Matta-Clark's signature and edition notations 50/100 in ink, 1973. Estimate: $4,000 to 6,000.

Gordon Matta-Clark, whose work is featured in the Photographic Literature portion of Thursday's sale, brought an inspired and playful quality to his highly experimental and diverse art projects. All speak to a commitment to the constructed (and deconstructed) environment, as well as a willingness to not only speak art, but live and eat it. Matta Clark's mediums extended from chain saws and buildings to the photographic "printingredients" (food analogies fill his work). Because many of his projects were ephemeral, the camera served not only to document, but to reimagine and contextualize his artworks.


In Walls Paper, the project consisted of photographs of the crumbling interior walls of soon-to-be demolished Bronx tenement buildings. Matta-Clark then printed them in color on thin newsprint. The cropping and manipulation of color and tone transformed a gritty street into an imaged, and slightly magical place. This is not unlike Matta-Clark's best-known project, Splitting, in which he cut a house in Englewood, NJ in half and then cropped its corners. 

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