The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) announces an upcoming conversation between curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and Argentine painter, sculptor, and theorist César Paternosto, organized in conjunction with the book release of Hans Ulrich Obrist & César Paternosto: Interview. Presented by The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and moderated by Dr. Edward J. Sullivan, this event will illuminate the artist’s groundbreaking career and immense contributions to postwar abstraction. 


César Paternosto (b. 1931, La Plata, Argentina) is a painter, sculptor, and theorist. Paternosto lived in New York between 1967 and 2004, when he moved to Segovia, Spain. At the beginning of the 1960s he embraced abstraction at a time in which painting was still the cutting-edge art. It was in New York in 1969, however, that he conceived a radical “lateral vision” of painting that brought the pictorial notations to the side edges of the picture. Toward the end of the 1970s an encounter with the ancient arts of the Americas led him to pursue systematic research on the eccentric origins of abstraction in non-European cultures, about which he later wrote and published The Stone and the Thread: Andean Roots of Abstract Art, 1996, and organized exhibitions like Abstraction: The Amerindian Paradigm, 2001. All along he has continued developing pictorially, as well as intermittently in sculpture, foundational principles of his work.

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Prior to this, he was Curator at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show, “World Soup (The Kitchen Show)” in 1991, he has curated more than 300 exhibitions. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is a contributing editor to Artforum, AnOther Magazine, Cahiers D’Art, and 032C; In 2011 he received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts. His recent publications include Ways of Curating (2015), The Age of Earthquakes (2015), Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects (2015), Mondialité (2017), Somewhere Totally Else (2018), and The Athens Dialogues (2018).



Friday, October 9, 2020, 1 p.m. EST

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