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Notebooks and Sketchbooks

Notebooks and Sketchbooks

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People

  • Gordon Matta-Clark (creator)
  • Gordon Matta-Clark (artist)

Title

Notebooks and Sketchbooks

Dates of creation

[1969-1978]

Level of archival description

Sub-series 1

Extent and Medium

  • 9 sketchbooks
  • 4 notebooks

Scope and Content

Sub-series consists of notebooks, pads of paper and sketchbooks, containing sketches, drawing and texts relating to the following projects: Anarchitecture (1974); Automation House (1972); A W-Hole House (1973); the Caribbean Orange (1978); Day's End (1975); Food (1971); Fresh Air Cart (1972); Garbage Wall (1970); Office Baroque (1977); Photo-Fry (1969); Tree Dance (1971); Untitled Cutting (1978) for Alanna Heiss's Twentieth Century Ruins; and studies for cut drawings. Material in this sub-series was produced between 1969 and 1978.

Sub-series contains bound volumes of sketches and texts.

Reference Number

CP138.S4.SS1

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:023
    • Title: Sketchbook with drawings for the Caribbean Orange, Office Baroque, and Alanna Heiss's West 54th Street Building
    • Dates of creation: 1977-1978
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 6

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)

    Description:

    Sketchbook documents the process of development for Gordon Matta-Clark's the Caribbean Orange (1977); Office Baroque (1977); and Untitled Cutting (1978) for a building on West 54th Street owned by Alanna Heiss. Sketchbook contains drawings.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 sketchbook(s)

    Dimensions:

    sketchbook (closed): 21.5 x 14 x 1.7 cm (8 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 11/16 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - Black sketchbook of 126 pages

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:024
    • Title: Composition notebook of sketches and notes for Automation House, Tree Dance, and A W-Hole House, and Anarchitecture
    • Dates of creation: 1971-1973
    • Form: books
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)
    • Gordon Matta-Clark (author)

    Description:

    Notebook consists of drawings and text related to Automation House (1972); Tree Dance (1971); A W-Hole House (1973); the proposal for Storm King Roof Plaza (undated); and Anarchitecture (1974); along with other architectural drawings. Composition book contains 31 pages of sketches/text in the front of the book plus 5 pages at the back.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 notebook(s)

    Technique and media:

    Ball-point pen and graphite on paper; some pages are truncated

    Dimensions:

    book (closed): 24.4 x 19 x 1 cm (9 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

    Document Type:

    • notebook

    Physical Description:

    - Green composition notebook of 60 unlined pages; two pages of notebook torn out and one page has a square torn out of the center (10th page) and the following page has the top, bottom, and side edges torn off. The first 24 pages have drawings/writing on the recto; the final 6 pages (except for the 5 from the end which has been removed) have drawings/writings on the verso.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:025
    • Title: Green composition notebook with Garbage Wall instructions
    • Dates of creation: 1970
    • Form: books
    • Catalogued items within this file 18

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)
    • Gordon Matta-Clark (author)

    Description:

    Notebook consists of drawings for Garbage Wall (1970) and includes other drawings for other projects, many related to recycling and growth, along with rough drafts for letters (some in shorthand) and lists of names and telephone numbers of New York City, New York contacts. Composition book contains 90 pages of drawings/texts in the front of the book plus 3 pages with drawings/text at the back.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 notebook(s)

    Technique and media:

    Ball-point pen, marker, and graphite on lined paper

    Dimensions:

    book (closed): 24.4 x 19 x 1 cm (9 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

    Document Type:

    • notebook

    Physical Description:

    - Green composition notebook of 100 pages; last page has been torn out.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:026
    • Title: Red and grey notebook with Tree Dance and other projects
    • Dates of creation: between 1969-1971
    • Form: books
    • Catalogued items within this file 10

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)
    • Gordon Matta-Clark (author)

    Description:

    Notebook documents Tree Dance (1971); a text concerning the Bienal Internacional de Sao Paulo (1971) and the project Contrabienal (1971); Boston Westside tenement project; Photo Fry (1969); and Cannibalism ideas. A hand drawn map of Boston, Massachusetts is included. Record book contains drawings on pages 3 to 89; pages 141 to 145 have a draft of a letter; page 181 has a map.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 notebook(s)

    Technique and media:

    Marker, graphite, ball-point pen, and stamped ink on line paper

    Dimensions:

    book (closed): 24,4 × 16 × 1,2 cm (9 5/8 × 6 5/16 × 1/2 in.)

    Document Type:

    • notebook

    Physical Description:

    - Red and grey notebook of 182 pages with front and back flyleaves; pages 1-2, 51-52 127-128, and 181-182 have been removed; 17 and 18 are pasted together.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:027
    • Title: Sketchbook with various architectural proposals
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1974-1976
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 13

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)

    Description:

    Sketchbook documents various architectural proposals for 112 Greene Street building and for other unknown buildings. Sketchbook contains drawings.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 sketchbook(s)

    Technique and media:

    Marker, felt-tip pen and graphite on paper

    Dimensions:

    book (closed): 27,9 x 21,9 x 2 cm pages (each page): 27,2 x 21,3 cm

    Physical Description:

    - Black sketchbook of 150 pages; ten pages torn out 17-18, 55-56 (top only), 61-62, 69-70, 71-72, 83-84, 85-86.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:028
    • Title: Sketchbook with sketches for Day's End
    • Dates of creation: 1974-1975
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 8

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)

    Description:

    Sketchbook documents Day's End (1975). Sketchbook contains drawings.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 sketchbook(s)

    Dimensions:

    sketchbook (closed): 30 x 21 x 1.2 cm (11 13/16 x 8 1/4 x 1/2 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - Maroon sketchbook of 94 perforated pages with 10 pages removed. There are 69 pages of drawings.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:029
    • Title: Composition notebook with the script for the film Food
    • Dates of creation: 1971
    • Form: books
    • Catalogued items within this file 7

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (author)

    Description:

    Notebook documents the scenes for the film Food (1971). Pages at the end of the notebook describe sound for the scenes. Composition book contains 18 pages with text at the beginning of the notebook and 12 pages at the end of the notebook also with text.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 notebook(s)

    Dimensions:

    book (closed): 24.4 x 19 x 0.7 cm (9 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

    Document Type:

    • notebook

    Physical Description:

    - Green composition notebook of 50 pages; 9 sheets have been removed from the beginning of the notebook. Writing on the next 10 sheets and the 11th has been removed. 12 sheets written on at the end of composition book.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:031
    • Title: Sketchbook including drawings for Fresh Air Cart, arrow drawings, and other projects
    • Dates of creation: 1971
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)
    • Gordon Matta-Clark (author)

    Description:

    Sketchbook documents Fresh Air Cart (1972) and includes other miscellaneous sketches for arrow drawings, and a draft of a letter to Alan Saret. Sketchbook contains pages of drawings and text.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 sketchbook(s)

    Technique and media:

    Marker, felt-tip pen, graphite and ball-point pen on paper; some pages are shaped with folds

    Dimensions:

    sketchbook (closed): 28 × 22,6 × 1,9 cm

    Physical Description:

    - Spiral bound sketchbook of 100 sheets; top half of first page has been torn off and only 63 sheets remain. 23 sheets written on at the beginning of the book; pages 24-30 have no writing on them; sheets 52, 53, 54 have been drawings using a fold as part of the design.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:032
    • Title: Studies for Cut Drawings and script for Office Baroque
    • Dates of creation: 1977
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 5

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)
    • Gordon Matta-Clark (author)

    Description:

    Sketchbook consists of studies for cut drawings and the development of the film script for Office Baroque (1977). Sketchbook contains drawings and text.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 sketchbook(s)

    Dimensions:

    sketchbook (each page): 35,56 × 26,67 × 0,95 cm

    Physical Description:

    - Sketchbook is a pad of paper.

    Inscription:

    inscribed

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark/SODRAC (2014) © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark/SODRAC (2014)

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:040
    • Title: Sketchpad with architectural drawings and studies for cut drawings
    • Dates of creation: 1970-1978
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 5

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)

    Description:

    Sketchbook documents various ideas for building cuts and cut drawings. Sketchbook contains sketches.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 sketchbook(s)

    Dimensions:

    sketchbook (closed): 30.6 x 22.5 x 0.6 cm (12 1/16 x 8 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - Sketchbook is an 86 page pad of brownish paper with 41 pages removed. Cover is of yellow paper with a drawing of a pink pig, with a cardboard backing, bound by pink cloth tape.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:041
    • Title: Sketchpad with drawings for a loft and the design of a wood stove
    • Dates of creation: 1970-1978
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)

    Description:

    Sketchbook consists of architectural drawings for an apartment/loft and detailed sketches for a wood stove and stove pipe. Sketchbook contains drawings.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 sketchbook(s)

    Dimensions:

    sketchbook (closed): 22.9 x 28 x 0.3 cm (9 x 11 x 1/8 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - Sketchbook is a pad of paper. Some pages have been removed. Cover is of grey construction paper with a cardboard backing, bound by black cloth tape.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:042
    • Title: Sketchpad with studies for cut drawings
    • Dates of creation: 1973-1977
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)

    Description:

    Sketchpad documents studies for cut drawings which are based on geometric shapes. Sketchpad contains drawings.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 sketchbook(s)

    Dimensions:

    sketchbook (closed): 29.6 x 21.1 x 0.8 cm (11 5/8 x 8 5/16 x 5/16 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - Sketchbook is a 40-page pad of graph paper in A4 format. Some pages have been removed and one is torn. Cover is of beige paper with a cardboard backing, bound by brown cloth tape.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

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    • Reference Number: PHCON2002:0016:053:001-023
    • Title: Sketchbook with sketches for White Street Building
    • Dates of creation: 1975
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 5

    People:

    • Gordon Matta-Clark (draughtsman)

    Description:

    Sketchbook consists of architectural drawings identified by Jane Crawford, Gordon Matta-Clark's widow, as being for the unrealized project White Street Building (1975) and dating from 1975. The group of drawings also includes notes and drawings of other subjects such as temples.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 sketchbook(s)

    Dimensions:

    sketchbook (closed): 12.4 x 7.4 x 0.5 cm (4 7/8 x 2 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - Sketchbook is an uncovered pad of paper with a cardboard backing.

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture /
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de la succession Gordon Matta-Clark /
    Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Copyright:

    © Succession Gordon Matta-Clark
    © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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