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Francisco Reyes Palma visits the inner complex personality of Mathias Goeritz through a detailed history of the ideas that influenced the development of the culture as well as its actors during the twentieth century. An artist of his time, Goeritz was sensitive to religious and philosophical ideals that were scarcely understood, and which not only inspired him to realize his artistic production, but also to encourage discussion through the distribution of his famous manifestos: Please Stop (New York, 1960); L’Art-Prière vs. L’Art Merde [The Prayer Art versus the Shit Art] (Paris, 1960); Estoy harto [I Am Fed-up] (Mexico, 1961). These are in addition to the publication of his “warnings,” “clarifications,” and essays printed in several media.
The detailed and contextualized study made by the researcher Francisco Reyes Palma will allow the reader to understand Mathias Goeritz’s ideas and artistic production. Reyes Palma places Goeritz at a crossroads where the vacuum left by the death of the gods faces him, as a subject, with his own insignificance. Confrontations as such take him in search of the monumentality as well as the emptiness, as his raison d´être. In that sense, Goeritz is placed in “the most materialistic century of history” or else, following Goeritz’s own thoughts “within a faithless century.”
Texts of Seminar Mathias Goeritz, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM. Coordinators: Ida Rodríguez and Ferruccio Asta.