"Around Day’s End: Downtown New York, 1970-86"

Gordon Matta-Clark
Photograph: Courtesy Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978), Days End Pier 52.3 (Documentation of the action "Day's End" made in 1975 in New York, United States), 1975, printed 1977. Gelatin silver print: sheet, 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm); image, 7 × 9 3/4 in. (17.8 × 24.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Harold Berg 2017.134. © 2020 Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Time Out says

The Whitney's beautiful exploration of downtown New York features Gordon Matta-Clark’s Day’s End (which he made by cutting several massive openings into the dilapidated building that existed on Pier 52 where Gansevoort Street meets the Hudson River). He described it as a “temple to sun and water,” the museum states. 

The exhibition will also include works by about 15 artists active in overlapping downtown Manhattan scenes in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Matta-Clark and Joan Jonas present the city itself as a character, "pointing to New York as a place that embodies both presence and invisibility," while artists like Alvin Baltrop and Jimmy Wright show the city's marginalized populations at the West Side piers and the Meatpacking District. Martin Wong and others documented the Bowery and Lower East Side, which were impacted by deteriorating economic conditions. 



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