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BEYOND THE STREETS & CONTROL GALLERY PRESENT GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73: AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM GORDON MATTA-CLARK

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Friday, 1 March 2024 to Saturday, 13 April 2024
Opening: 
Friday, 1 March 2024 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MARCH 1, 2024 - APRIL 13, 2024

 

BEYOND THE STREETS

Wednesday – Saturday |11AM - 6PM

Sunday – Tuesday | Closed

Extended Hours During Frieze | Open Sunday, March 3, 11AM - 6PM

434 N La Brea Ave. | Los Angeles, CA 90036

www.beyondthestreets.com | www.control.gallery

 

Opening Reception

MARCH 1, 2024 | 6PM - 9PM

 

BEYOND THE STREETS & CONTROL Gallery are pleased to present EXHIBITION 010: GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73,  an unprecedented glimpse into the raw, untamed world of New York City's graffiti scene during the pivotal years of 1972 and 1973. Curated from the late artist Gordon Matta-Clark's photographic archives, the show presents over 200 carefully selected photographs, many of which have never been revealed to the public until now.

Through the lens of an artist, not of a scholar, Matta-Clark documented graffiti that was fresh, full of adolescent fun and creativity, and incorporated many of the early standard hallmarks of graffiti today: 3D, characters, arrows, and connections between the letters. Gordon Matta-Clark was among the select few who recognized and actively documented the burgeoning graffiti movement between 1970 and 1975, capturing over 2,000 images of New York City graffiti between 1972 and 1973.

Working closely with the estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, BEYOND THE STREETS brings this remarkable collection to light. The exhibition also includes original, vintage artworks from artists whose work is immortalized within Matta-Clark’s photographs, including two dozen large-scale paintings and drawings from the early 1970s by SNAKE 1, SJK 171, LEE 173rd, WICKED GARY, TRACY 168, and STAY HIGH 149, amongst several others.

Simultaneously in the CONTROL Gallery, Los Angeles-based artist Guillaume Ollivier presents a new collection of works, Cheap Thrills & Tons of Smoke for Maximum Joy. Bringing to life a unique assemblage of everyday objects, Ollivier’s paintings find beauty and joy in the excesses of modern life, embodying the global, interconnected exuberance of the present age. For his latest body of work, Ollivier pays homage to the intricate cultural and historical journey leading to our present era, marked by constant fusion and transformation.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 6PM - 9PM. These shows run through April 13, 2024. To coincide with the show, BEYOND THE STREETS Publishing will be releasing a new 408-page hardbound Gordon Matta-Clark book featuring 550+ images, including photos from the exhibition, edited by Roger Gastman, with essays from Carlo McCormick, Caleb Neelon and Chris Pape.

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About Gordon Matta-Clark

Born in New York City in 1943 to artists Roberto Matta and Anne Clark, Gordon Matta-Clark came of age during a time of political turmoil against a backdrop of urban infrastructure in crisis. He studied architecture and graduated from Cornell University in 1968, returning to his native New York City the following year. Struck by the inability of Modernist forms to provide solutions to the city's increasing social problems, he began to combine his activist concerns with his artistic production. He helped establish alternative spaces such as 112 Greene Street, and the Food Restaurant in SoHo and engaged with peer artists and non-artists in collaboration that aimed to improve their surroundings. In the 1970s, Matta-Clark experimented across various media and began staging monumental interventions and smaller-scale installations in the charged city landscape, bringing attention to New York's failing social policies, displaced people, and abandoned spaces. He also implemented a number of important interventions across Europe, in Milano, Paris, Antwerp and Kassel. Gordon Matta-Clark died from cancer in 1978 at the age of 35.

In 2007, Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure was the first full-scale retrospective organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. From 2009 to 2010, Gordon Matta-Clark: Undoing Spaces—the first major survey of his work in South America—toured to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago; Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro; and Museo de Arte de Lima. Recent institutional exhibitions were held at Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2017), and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2018), which marked the first full-scale retrospective of the artist’s work in Asia (titled Gordon Matta-Clark: Mutations in Space). In 2017-2020, Matta-Clark’s work was the focus of a critically acclaimed traveling exhibition, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, that was on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia; and the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Venue ( Address ): 

434 N La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Hijinx Arts , Los Angeles

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