Alejandro Cesarco

Alejandro Cesarco’s work utilizes the processes and strategies of conceptual art in a self-conscious exploration of narrative, influence, translation, and reception. Drawing from art history, popular culture, and literature, his comprehensive practice encompasses various media with language and text taking center stage. Index, for example, is a series of c-prints depicting index pages from a hypothetical book with entries and corresponding page numbers referring to a range of cultural figures including Lucy Lippard, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Frank Zappa. In 2006 John Baldessari chose to work with Cesarco as part of the Rolex Mentor and

Protégé Arts Initiative Award. Over the course of one year, they produced a collaborative body of work entitled Retrospective, a series of silkscreens of scanned book pages in which solid blocks of color, revealing only select footnote numbers, replace the text. The corresponding notes, selected and written by Cesarco, appear at the bottom of the page, followed by Baldessari’s responses.

Cesarco (Uruguayan, born 1975) has had solo exhibitions at Murray Guy, New York; Art in General, New York; Tanya Leighton, Berlin; and has an upcoming exhibition at Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas in 2010. His work has been included in group shows at apex art, New York; Skestos Gabriele Gallery, Chicago; Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn; Cheim & Reid, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; and the Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City. Cesarco is the editor of A.R.T. Press’s Between Artists, an ongoing series of conversation-based books and has curated several exhibitions including a Felix Gonzalez-Torres show at the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay in 2000.

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