(1943–1978, New York) was a visual artist. He worked in photography, film, video, performance, drawing, and sculpture in the form of large-scale interventions into existing architecture. He explored the metamorphic possibilities of cooking, beginning by frying Polaroid photographs in oil with gold leaf. He was one of the co-founders of FOOD, a combined restaurant / performance piece. He made Garbage Wall, a prototype shelter for the homeless and was active in building SoHo as an artists’ community. During the 1970s, Matta-Clark made the works for which he is best known: his “anarchitecture.” These were temporary works created by sawing and carving sections out of buildings, most of which were scheduled to be destroyed.
born in 1943 (New York), died in 1978 (New York)