Mathias Goeritz
Message c.1959

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Mathias Goeritz 1915–1990
Date c.1959
Medium Gold leaf on plywood panel
Dimensions Support: 1219 x 1393 mm
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee and Boris Hirmas Said in honor of the Prieto Sánchez Mejorada family 2012

Not on display

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Message was commissioned by attorney Eduardo Prieto López for his house in Mexico City, designed by architect Luis Barragán. It follows Goeritz’s concept of ‘emotional architecture’, rejecting functionalism to create spaces that enable an emotional response. His works around this time have a mystical character, reflecting his interest in religious art, his rejection of decadence, and his response to the death of his wife Marianne Gast in 1958. However, Goeritz also wanted to emphasise the mechanical quality, materiality, and anonymity of painting, and this work was constructed by a carpenter and a gold leaf artisan who were given instructions by the artist on the telephone.

July 2015

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