Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark's Fake Estates

In the early 1970s, artist Gordon Matta-Clark purchased small slivers of land--the product of surveying anomalies--in Queens and Staten Island. These slivers of land, too small to build anything on and often inaccessible by public access, were documented by Matta-Clark through a variety of official document, maps, and other visual aids. This project explores the theoretical concepts underlying this land epistemology and its expression though Matta-Clark's work, tying it to the larger land art movement of the 1960s and 70s.

 Reality Properties: Fake Estates, Little Alley Block 2497, Lot 42. Courtesy of the  Guggenheim Museum, NYC .

Reality Properties: Fake Estates, Little Alley Block 2497, Lot 42. Courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum, NYC.