Mathias Goeritz, ‘Mensaje’, 1961, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
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
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated "MENSAJE - MGoeritz - 1961" on the reverse

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

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

About Mathias Goeritz

A critical figure in the development of modern art in postwar Latin America, Mathias Goeritz developed the principle of “emotional architecture.” The unique perspective considers spaces and objects that are produced to elicit empathy and celebrates collaboration rather than functionalism and individual authorship. After emigrating to Mexico from Spain in 1949, Goeritz opened the Museo Experimental El Eco. The institution served as the embodiment of these principles, facilitating collaboration and expanding upon existing notions of patronage. Best known for large-scale, totemic sculptures like Moses and Heads, Goeritz worked in a style that prefigured Minimalism by 10 years. With its elongated, angular, rising and falling form, Goeritz’s sculpture La Serpiente de El Eco (The Serpent of the Echo) best embodies his artistic style.

Mexican, 1915-1990, Gdansk, Poland, based in Mexico City, Mexico