The structure of a relationship
*A joint display of work by Matta and Gordon Matta-Clark invites viewers
to look for a link between father and son. Can it be found in Surrealism?
By Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
Exhibition details, reader reviews
LIKE father, like son? That's the inevitable question that animates the
sharply focused new exhibition "Transmission: The Art of Matta and
Gordon Matta-Clark," which opened last week at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Roberto Matta Echaurren (1912-2002) was the Chilean-expatriate painter
who went to Paris in the 1930s, joined the Surrealists, followed the
first wave of artists fleeing Nazism and, in New York, emerged as a
critical influence in the 1940s. Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-78), his
American-born son with artist Anne Clark, was a student in Paris during
the 1968 riots, worked the following year as an assistant to several
artists involved with the landmark "Earth Art" show in upstate New York,
and emerged as a sculptor in the Post-Minimalist generation of the
1970s. For their respective generations in New York, both father and son
were pivotal figures.