Torres de la ciudad Satélite II

Torres de la ciudad Satélite II

Artist: 
Mathias Goeritz
Year:  
1970
Technical specifications: 
Silk-screen print on paper
Dimmensions: 
70,5 x 95 cm
Date of acquisition: 
7 November 2017

 

Mathias Goeritz was born in Gdansk (Poland) and spent his childhood and youth in Berlin, where he studied painting, art history and philosophy. He studied medicine at the University of Berlin for a year, but his aesthetic concerns led him to study art at the School of Arts and Crafts in Berlin-Charlottensburg and he received his doctorate in philosophy and art history at the University of Berlin. Since the establishment of National Socialism, in 1936 he left Germany to travel through Europe and North Africa. The painting of its first stage is marked by war and in it the influence of the German Expressionist groups Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter is accused.

In 1952, he moved to Mexico where his influence was notable in contemporary art, alternating painting with sculpture, becoming the foundation of his creation. In this field, he evolves from expression to abstraction.

This silkscreen by Mathias Goeritz represents the set of sculptures composed of five triangular prisms of different colors and sizes found in Ciudad Satélite, north of Mexico City. The artist plays with the limits of the scale, the proximity of the piece with the vision of the viewer, and modes of vision. Four prisms of reinforced cement of a colossal size encourage the affective mobilization of the spectator and the aesthetic effect turning the work into a national emblem of modernity. Since then, the use of the monumental scale and the synthetic language of the geometry associated with the idea of progress identifies the work of Goeritz as strategist and agitator.