Journey through Abstraction
Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. joins “Perú en ARCO” with a survey of canvases, sculptures, and photographs dating from 1977 to 1998 by César Paternosto. These works present a new interpretation of abstraction based on the geometric art of the ancient Inca civilization. Since his first visit to the archaeological sites in Bolivia and Peru—a pilgrimage Paternosto repeated in 1979, 1988, and 1992—the encounter with the Inca culture marked an important turning point in his work, sparking new formal explorations in composition and color. The artist also completed an extensive photographic survey of the Inca sculpted rock outcrops, architectural ruins, and aerial views of the giant Nazca earth drawings.
In his book, The Stone and the Thread: Andean Roots of Abstract Art (1996), and in the exhibition, Abstraction: The Amerindian Paradigm, which he curated for the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, and for IVAM, Valencia (2001-2002), Paternosto challenged the notion that abstraction is a development of modern Western culture, arguing instead that it is rooted in a tradition of Indigenous American art that in turn reverberates in the work of many international modern artists.
In conjunction with our booth at ARCO, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. is pleased to present “Rhythm of the Line,” an exhibition showcasing a selection of paintings, works on paper, and sculpture which were created in the following decades. Please see our gallery show at: http://ceciliadetorres.com/exhibitions/focus/csar_paternosto_rhythm_of_the_line