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To present this issue of the Art Section dedicated to Las Torres de Ciudad Satélite [The Towers of the Satellite City] Mathias Goeritz wonders if anybody else—aside from some of his friends—has read the editorials of this section published as manifestos, warnings, self-warnings, or else confessions. He wonders if any artist or architect has read it and takes it to heart. Goeritz feels that his efforts have been in vain, that he feels isolated unable to communicate with the outer worlds and wonders if it is worth keeping up the work. Goeritz then presents the topic of The Towers, and describes it as “la máxima vanidad plástica del hombre” [man’s utmost visual vanity.”]
As an interesting part of this Art Section, Mathias Goeritz (1915-1990) introduces his “Auto-Advertencia” [Self-Warning,] emphasizing the article by the architect and painter Pedro Friedeberg in which he includes a “Relato histórico de la torre” [Historical account of the tower] created by Goeritz himself. With his lively and entertaining style, the author takes us through the history of this enterprise, reaffirming the human need for verticality. In contrast with the topic of the tower, Ida Rodríguez Prampolini, in the following article, comments on “La casa sin fin de Frederick Kiesler” [The endless house of Frederick Kiesler], a work of plastic integration in which architecture, sculpture and poetry merge. To complete the section, Goeritz writes a commentary on Selden Rodman’s last book, The Insiders.
This is number 9 of the Art Section. The director of the magazine Arquitectura México is Mario Pani (1911-1993) and the person in charge of the Art Section is Goeritz himself.
The cover is the 1958 photograph Torres de Ciudad Satélite takenby Marianne [Gast de] Goeritz.