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Cecilia De Torres Ltd - César Paternosto - WHITE/RED

César Paternosto - WHITE/RED 2001 Autumn

César Paternosto - WHITE/RED

Celebrating the publication of WHITE/RED: César Paternosto, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. is pleased to present a selection of his work at the gallery.

Born in Argentina in 1931, César Paternosto has exhibited widely in Latin America and abroad. Since 1967, he has worked in New York as a painter, sculptor, author and curator. His works are included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.; Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; among many others.

Since he began working as an artist in the early 1960s, César Paternosto has been in the vanguard of abstraction in Latin America. An expert on the symbolic systems of Pre-Columbian civilizations, Paternosto has used his own photography and drawings to document and analyze the ancient remains of the region. This research was published in The Stone and The Thread - Andean Roots of Abstract Art, University of Texas Press in 1996, which is available through our site. Paternosto's exploration of Amerindian abstraction has fueled his artistic work of the last twenty years.

In 1998, César Paternosto curated for Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. the ground breaking exhibition with catalogue: North and South Connected: An Abstraction of The Americas, which explored abstraction in Amerindian art and chronicled its influence on 20th Century artists (Albers, Gottlieb, Nevelson, Torres-García, etc.). That exhibition was expanded by Paternosto into the major survey, Abstraction: The Amerindian Paradigm, that is currently on view at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and that will re-open in October in Valencia, Spain at the IVAM with over 160 works of modern art and ancient textiles, ceramics and objects.

In the spring of 2002, Paternosto's works on paper, from the 1960s to the present, will be exhibited at the Drawing Center in New York, and in a comparative overview of work from the late-sixties to the mid-seventies, Paternosto and the Brazilian neo-concretist Willys de Castro will be featured in the exhibition: Literally Lateral, at New York's Americas Society.

César Paternosto

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

After beginning his career working in an informalist mode, followed by a brief period of lyrical figuration, Paternosto first created artworks based on Geometric Abstraction in the early 1960s.  By the end of this decade, his formal and theoretical explorations led the artist to push beyond the very boundaries of the medium of painting.  Leaving the surface of the canvas blank, Paternosto shifted the emphasis of his artworks to their outer edges, converting his paintings into objects, and rebelling against the inherited tradition of only viewing paintings frontally.  Since this breakthrough, he has remained on the vanguard of abstraction in both New York, where he lived for over four decades, and Latin America. 

In addition to his career as a painter, Paternosto has studied Pre-Columbian art with academic rigor.  This expertise has  not only influenced his artistic practices, but has also led him to assume scholarly and curatorial roles, including the international exhibition, Abstraction: The Amerindian Paradigm. In 2005, the artist moved to Segovia, Spain, where, just a year prior, a major retrospective of his work had been on view at the Esteban Vicente Museum of Contemporary Art.  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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