Mathias Goeritz - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Collection of Anita Brenner, Mexico City (acquired from the artist)
    Thence by descent to Estate of Susannah Glusker
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Mexico City, Museo Mural Diego Rivera, Anita Brenner, los ídolos, los altares y el arte de México, 2005

  • Catalogue Essay

    Anita Brenner (1905-1974) was a luminary in the Mexican art world. Her first book Idols behind Altars, published in 1929, was a resounding success, illuminating Mexican art from pre-conquest through the 1920s. As a Mexican-American with one foot in each country she was able facilitate strong connections between Mexico's most revered contemporary artists and important figures in the New York art world, such as José Clemente Orozco with Alma Reed, who would facilitate his first exhibition in the United States. Through these connections, Brenner built a remarkable collection with beautiful works such as the present lot by Mathias Goeritz, a stunning piece from his mensaje series in an unusual round shape invoking the powerful glow of the sun.

  • Artist Biography

    Mathias Goeritz

    Mexican • 1915 - 1990

    German-born artist Mathias Goeritz studied Philosophy and Art History in Berlin. He immigrated to Mexico in 1949, by which time he had already built a career as a modern artist and architect. He was influenced by the European artistic tendencies of the time, from modernist movements such as Group Zero to artists including Yves Klein and Lucio Fontana.

    Goeritz's transference of knowledge exposed Mexico to the larger international art world, thus greatly contributing to the trajectory of Mexican art. He developed the concept of emotional architecture — where architecture is not overpowered by functionality but engages humankind with beauty, creating an emotive response. This concept would give artists in Mexico an alternative to the overarching influence of the national mural movement, and is exemplified in one of Goeritz's most significant works, El Museo Experimental el Eco.

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signed, titled and dated "MENSAJE - MGoeritz - 1961" on the reverse
gold leaf on wood
20 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (52.1 x 52.1 x 7 cm)
Executed in 1961.

$80,000 - 120,000 

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Latin America

New York Auction 22 November 2016