Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark's Fake Estates


Softcover, 96 pp, 9.1 x 10.6 inches

In the early 1970s, Matta-Clark discovered that the City of New York periodically auctioned off improbably tiny and frequently inaccessible parcels of land created by the exigencies of urban development. Fascinated by these spaces, he bought fifteen of them (fourteen in Queens, and one in Staten Island) for between $25 and $75 each, photographed them, and then collated the photographs with the associated deeds and maps. These collected materials are today known as Fake Estates. This book was published in association with an exhibition of the same name curated by Cabinet.

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