Mathias Goeritz (1915-1990)
- Mathias Goeritz
- La Serpiente de El Eco (una versión)
- painted steel
Private Collection, Mexico
In El Eco, the architectural elements became, through their scale and placement, sculptures themselves. Goeritz isolated areas by the use of walls of differing height, intensifying perspective through the placement of walls and brilliant use of color. In the center of this irregularly formed building, is a courtyard where Goeritz created a monumental sculpture to interact with the edifice called La Serpiente de El Eco (The Serpent of the Echo).
El Eco became a mecca for artists both visiting and working in Mexico. Henry Moore planned a mural which was executed by Soto Sora. Carlos Mérida, German Cueto, all collaborated on projects for the space. Luis Buñuel acted as choreographer for the opening events. Katherine Dunham created a ballet where the dancers of Walter Nick’s troupe weaved amongst the spaces and sculpture.
Goeritz created a series of variations on the sculpture where the shape of the serpent rises and falls with varying thickness and thinness. In the present work, the shape is elongated with a refined vivacious movement. La Serpiente de El Eco was a decade ahead of the a strong trend in Twentieth Century art: minimalism. The work has been recognized as such in Gregory Battcock’s book, Minimal Art and Beyond Modern Sculpture by Jack Burnham, both published in 1968.
Dr. Lily Kassner, Mexico, March 2014