César Paternosto

b. 1931 La Plata, Argentina – lives in Segovia, Spain

Around 1957, César Paternosto started creating artworks based on Geometric Abstraction. After attending a serial music concert, he was enthralled by Anton Webern's pregnant silences, which influenced the next development in his art. By the end of the 1960s, Paternosto moved the emphasis of depicted matter in his paintings to the outer-sides of the canvas, leaving the front blank. By shifting the attention to the sides, he was questioning the traditional viewing of paintings frontally, and as the range of the pictorial field was expanded to the sides, the three dimensionality of the painting turned it into an object. His 2012 essay, “Painting as Object: Geometric Forms and Lateral Expansions,” explained the evolution and continuity of his idea, from the early lateral vision canvases, to his most recent work.
In 1977, Paternosto began to travel to Bolivia and Peru to study the archaeological sites Tiwanaku, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu. These trips marked an important turning point in his work sparking new formal explorations in form, composition, and color. By rooting his art in American autochthonous traditions rather than in the modern European model, Paternosto created a new and original type of abstraction based on the centuries-old woven textiles and sculptural stones of the Inca.
Paintings by Paternosto are found in various prestigious collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland; and the Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany, amongst others.

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Painting as Object: the Lateral Expansion. New Works.

CÉSAR PATERNOSTO
Painting as Object: the Lateral Expansion. New Works.

Gallery exhibition catalogue with essay by Edward J. Sullivan; extensive illustrated chronology, 90 pages fully illustrated.

$ 20.00 + postage

White/Red

César Paternosto
White/Red

This beautifully designed and printed catalogue of essays, large color plates, and illustrated chronology explores Paternosto's artistic contributions, influences and achievements over the last 4 decades.

Essays by Lucy R. Lippard, Ricardo Martín-Crosa & Toshiaki Minemura; printed on Fabriano paper by Lucini officina d'arte graffica, Milano, Italy; Hardcover, 24 color, 56 b&w illustrations, 144 pages

$40.00 + postage

The Stone and the Thread: Andean Roots of Abstract Art

César Paternosto
The Stone and the Thread: Andean Roots of Abstract Art

Challenging the notion that abstraction is a development of the modern West, Paternosto reveals its deep roots as an indigenous American tradition and shows how that tradition reverberates in the work of twentieth-century artists... In this major, paradigm-shifting book... César Paternosto offers the first comprehensive analysis of ancient Andean art - textiles, pottery, stone sculpture, and the famous lines in the Nazca desert - into one coherent whole...

César Paternosto; 272 pages; In English, University of Texas Press, hardcover, 172 photographs and illustrations

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North and South Connected: An Abstraction of the Americas


North and South Connected: An Abstraction of the Americas

Catalogue of the 1998-99 gallery exhibition with a major essay by the artist and historian César Paternosto and the essay: Three Andean Tunics – Color and Geometry as Metaphor by Vanessa Drake & Andres Moraga. As reviewed by Holland Cotter in the New York Times, "... the show traces a line, or rather several lines, between pre-Columbian art and 20th-century American modernism, with some eye-opening results."

Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. 52 pages, 16 color plates, 42 black and white illustrations

$ 20.00 + postage

Gallery artists at MoMA Exhibition

Gallery artists at MoMA Exhibition

We are pleased to announce Joaquín Torres-García, María Freire and César Paternosto's participation in the following exhibition:

"Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift" at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York

On view through March 14, 2020

For more information, please click here.

Cesar Paternosto at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Cesar Paternosto at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

We are pleased to announce César Paternosto's upcoming solo exhibition:

César Paternosto: La mirada excéntrica, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

On view October 8, 2019 - February 2, 2020

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 8, 7 pm

For more information, please click here.

For a featured article in La Nación Newspaper (in spanish) please click here.

Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. at ARCO 2019

Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. at ARCO 2019

We are pleased to announce our participation in ARCO Madrid 2019, featuring a special exhibition for "Perú en Arco":

César Paternosto: A Journey through Abstraction

BOOTH 7E09

Dates: February 27 - March 3, 2019

For a preview of our booth, please click here.

Gallery artists at Fondation Cartier

Gallery artists at Fondation Cartier

We are pleased to announce Joaquín Torres-García, Gonzalo Fonseca and Cesar Paternosto's participation in the following exhibition:

Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia,Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

From October 14, 2018 to February 24, 2019

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César Paternosto's Upcoming Exhibition

César Paternosto's Upcoming Exhibition

We are pleased to announce César Paternosto's upcoming exhibition:

César Paternosto, Obras Recientes, Guillermo de Osma Galería, Madrid, Spain

Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 22, 2017, 7:30 PM

On view: November 22, 2017 to January 15, 2018

For more information, please click here.

César Paternosto's Exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

César Paternosto's Exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

We are pleased to announce Cesar Paternosto's upcoming exhibition:

César Paternosto: Hacia una pintura objetual, El Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain

Opening Reception: Monday, November 13, 12:30 pm

On view: November 13, 2017 to January 28, 2018

For more information, please click here.

César Paternosto's new exhibition

César Paternosto's new exhibition

We are pleased to announce César Paternosto's new exhibition:

El silencio de las lineas, María Calcaterra Galería, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 1st through December 1st, 2015

Opening Reception: October 1st, 2015, 7-9pm.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact María Calcaterra by clicking here.

César Paternosto exhibition at Galerie Denise Rene

César Paternosto exhibition at Galerie Denise Rene

We are pleased to announce César Paternosto's exhibition:

Paternosto, Galerie Denise Rene-Rive Gauche, Paris, France

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7-9pm

For more information, please contact the gallery at info@deniserene.com