"This book is the first comprehensive study of Gordon Matta-Clark, an artist who personifies the radically inventive and interrogative spirit of art in the 1970's. Bringing ideas about urbanism, property, and community to bear on Matta-Clark's work, but never losing sight of its specificity as an aesthetic practice, Object to Be Destroyed is a gift to anyone interested in contemporary art." -- Rosalyn Deutsche, author of Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics " Object to Be Destroyed is a rare thing. Pamela Lee has written an excellent monograph on Gordon Matta-Clark--an artist whose work has long deserved rigorous historical analysis--while at the same time launching a thought-provoking philosophical meditation on the nature of art and work in the late 20th century." -- David Joselit, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of California "Immensely smart, Pam Lee's book connects the paradoxically ambitious 'worklessness' of Matta-Clark's important projects of the 1970s to the workings of many other things: play, community, Bataille's sacrificial economy, photography, the art world, Manhattan real estate development, and art history itself. This is a tough, trenchant, wonderful book, and the grounds for Matta-Clark's long-established cult reputation are lucidly explicated and secured." -- Caroline A. Jones, Art History Department, Boston University, author of Machine in the Studio
Pamela M. Lee is Carnegie Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Yale University and the author of Object to Be Destroyed- The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark, Chronophobia- On Time in the Art of the 1960s, Forgetting the Art World (all published by the MIT Press) and The Glen Park Library- A Fairy Tale (no place press).
"This is an important book not just for practitioners but also for those who interpret architecture: critics, photographers and editors." - Robin Wilson, Architects' Journal "The first theoretical survey of his art, Object to Be Destroyed will further help to canonize him." - Alissa Quart, Metropolis