Mathias Goeritz

oro

1965

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Artist
Mathias Goeritz 1915–1990
Medium
Letterpress print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 480 × 480 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Members 2013
Reference
P80698

Display caption

Born in Poland and trained as an art historian in Berlin, Goeritz left Europe for Mexico in 1949. During the 1950s he was active in the development of a Mexican avant-garde separate from the realism of the muralist painters. Goeritz often used gold (‘oro’ in Spanish) in his monochrome paintings and sculptures, in a reference to religious art such as Christian icons. He proposed a modern ‘prayer art’, an art of love and belief. He used form and colour to evoke metaphysical and emotional experiences.

Gallery label, February 2020

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