César Paternosto. The Hidden Order. 1972

César Paternosto The Hidden Order 1972

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“Leaving the frontal surface blank, empty of any image, implied questioning the ancestral habit of only experiencing [paintings] head-on and uncovering the possibility of a ‘lateral’ and ‘oblique’ mode of looking,” Paternosto explained. He applied color only to the sides of the canvas to encourage viewers to reorient their gaze. The Hidden Order functions as an investigation of painting’s lateral edges while inviting viewers to surround the work, emphasizing its object-like quality.

Gallery label from Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
42 x 42 x 2 3/4" (106.7 x 106.7 x 7 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Nando Parrado
Object number
© César Paternosto.
Painting and Sculpture

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The artist
Galería Durban, Caracas
1996, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas
2017, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

New York, Denise Rene Gallery, "Cesar Paternosto", January 1973

New York, Center for Interamerican Relations (now Americas Society), "Cesar Paternosto: Paintings 1969-1980", 1981

Caracas, Galeria Durban-Segnini, "Cesar Paternosto", 1993

Buenos Aires, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, "Geo-metrías Abstracción geométrica latinoamericana en la Colección Cisneros", March 14 - May 19, 2003

Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, "La Invencion concreta: Colleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros", 2013

MoMA Exh. #2424: "Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift", 3rd Floor, 3 East, October 21, 2019 - September 12, 2020


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