biography

Alejandro Cesarco was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1975. Lives and works between New York and Madrid.

In the past two decades Alejandro Cesarco has been making art as well as publishing books and curating exhibitions. Using film, photography and text, Cesarco’s practice investigates the agency of meaning, and how the expression of that agency is embedded within the practices of writing and reading, translating and misreading, repeating and remembering. The formal strategies of Cesarco’s (isolating a footnote from its context, the ongoing compilation of indexes for an as-yet unwritten book, a video who’s narrative structure is based on secrecy, for example) are often marked by an emotional register, where affect colludes with language to produce a series of metanarratives in dialogue with the histories of Conceptual Art. In addition to his studio practice, the artist has curated several exhibitions and is director of Art Resources Transfer (A.R.T.), a nonprofit organization that publishes books by artists and distributes free books on art to public schools, libraries and prisons.

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Alejandro Cesarco was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1975. Lives and works between New York and Madrid.

In the past two decades Alejandro Cesarco has been making art as well as publishing books and curating exhibitions. Using film, photography and text, Cesarco’s practice investigates the agency of meaning, and how the expression of that agency is embedded within the practices of writing and reading, translating and misreading, repeating and remembering. The formal strategies of Cesarco’s (isolating a footnote from its context, the ongoing compilation of indexes for an as-yet unwritten book, a video who’s narrative structure is based on secrecy, for example) are often marked by an emotional register, where affect colludes with language to produce a series of metanarratives in dialogue with the histories of Conceptual Art. In addition to his studio practice, the artist has curated several exhibitions and is director of Art Resources Transfer (A.R.T.), a nonprofit organization that publishes books by artists and distributes free books on art to public schools, libraries and prisons.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Other Recent Examples, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon, Portugal (2023); Otros ejemplos recientes, ARTIUM, Vitoria, Spain (2023); The Ongoing Story, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan (2022); Todo en negro, los ojos cerrados por el exceso del desastre, Fotogalería Teatro San Martín, Buenos Aires (2021); Alejandro Cesarco, a solo exhibition, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2019); Aprendiendo el Lenguaje, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2019); Tactics & Techniques, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (2019); Alejandro Cesarco. Apprendre la langue (présent continu I), Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (2019); Song, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2017); The Inner Shadow, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam (2016); Prescribe the Symptom, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2015); Secondary Revision, Frac Île-de-France /Le Plateau, Paris (2013); A Portrait, a Story, and an Ending, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich (2013); Alejandro Cesarco, mumok, Vienna (2012); A Common Ground, Uruguayan Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennial (2011); One without the Other, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2011); and Present Memory, Tate Modern, London (2010).

Group exhibitions include: READ, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, Kunsthalle Praha, Prague (2023); 50 años. Una exposición de arte contemporáneo a cincuenta años del golpe de Estado en Uruguay, SUBTE Centro de exposiciones, Montevideo (2023); Picasso: Untitled, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2023); Chosen Memories: Contemporary Latin American Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift and Beyond, MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York (2023); CLOSER, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (2022); Footnotes I have never seen, Beletage, Zurich, Switzerland (2022); INFORMATION (Today), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2021) Travelled to: Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; Affective Affinities, 33rd Bienal de São Paulo (2018); Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2017); Question the Wall Itself, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); Under the Same Sun, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); Tell It to My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2013); and The Imminence of Poetics, 30th Bienal de São Paulo (2012).

Recent curatorial projects include: It’s Just a Matter of Time, with Manuel Segade, ARCOmadrid, IFEMA, Madrid (2020); Viewing Room. A charted journey through the contemporary art collection of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY (2015); Between Artists, ongoing series of pocket sized, conversation based books published by A.R.T. Press, New York.

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works

Untitled (Speaking in Tongues), 2022

3 archival ink-jet prints

102 × 71 cm each

Figure with Shadow (Stage I), 2022

Archival ink-jet print

90 × 60 cm

Figure with Shadow (Stage II), 2022

Archival ink-jet print

90 × 60 cm

Figure with Shadow (Stage III), 2022

Archival ink-jet print

90 × 60 cm

The Long Term (A Measure of Intimacy I), 2020

Archival ink-jet print

142 × 55 cm

The Long Term (A Measure of Intimacy II), 2020

Archival ink-jet print

142 × 55 cm

The Long Term (A Measure of Intimacy IV), 2020

Archival ink-jet print

142 × 55 cm

Playing the Standards (As if it Were Adrian Piper), 2020

Archival ink-jet print

26 × 35 cm; 34,7 × 42,5 × 3,8 cm framed

Playing the Standards (As if it Were Cy Twombly), 2020

Archival ink-jet print

26 × 35 cm; 34,7 × 42,5 × 3,8 cm framed

Playing the Standards (As if it Were Isa Genzken), 2020

Archival ink-jet print

26 × 35 cm; 34,7 × 42,5 × 3,8 cm framed

Long Casting (A Page on Regret), 2019

Archival ink-jet print

83 × 57 cm

New York Public Library Picture Collection (Subject Headings - Cross References), 2018

4 archival ink-jet prints

76,2 × 54,6 cm each

New York Public Library Picture Collection (Subject Headings - Cross References), 2018

4 archival ink-jet prints

76,2 × 54,6 cm each

New York Public Library Picture Collection (Subject Headings - Cross References), 2018

4 archival ink-jet prints

76,2 × 54,6 cm each

New York Public Library Picture Collection (Subject Headings - Cross References), 2018

4 archival ink-jet prints

76,2 × 54,6 cm each

Margarita's Music Book (Spes Vitae), 2018

Archival ink-jet print

95 × 119 cm

Der Familienroman (The Family Novel), 2017

Framed archival ink-jet print

102 × 134 cm

A Portrait of Sherrie Levine, 2017

Two framed archival ink-jet prints

76 × 56 cm (each)

Picture #11, 2013

Archival inkjet print

37 × 50,4 cm; 40,2 × 53,6 × 3 cm framed

Midcareer, 2023

Video, various formats, color, sound

Duration: 8' 40"

Figuratively, 2021

Video 4k, color, no sound

Duration: 7' 24"

Musings, 2013

16mm black and white film transferred to video, sound

Duration: 15' 30''

Learning the Language (Present Continuous I), 2018

Video, color, sound

Duration: 18' 25"

public exhibitions

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité

Lisbon, Portugal

Alejandro Cesarco. Other Recent Examples

14.10.2023 – 14.1.2024

Artium Museoa, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del País Vasco

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (coproduced with Maumaus/Lumiar Cité, Lisbon)

Alejandro Cesarco. Other Recent Examples

23.3 – 24.9.2023

Astrup Fearnley Museum

Oslo

INFORMATION (Today)

4.2 – 24.4.2022

Photo: Christian Øen

Teatro San Martín

Buenos Aires

Todo en negro, los ojos cerrados por el exceso del desastre

9.11.2021 – 27.2.2022

Photo: Bruno Dubner

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

Rotterdam

Alejandro Cesarco, a solo exhibition

8.9.2019 – 5.1.2020

Contemporary Art Centre

Vilnius

Alejandro Cesarco: Tactics & Techniques

8.2 – 31.3.2019

Photo: CAC/Andrej Vasilenko

SculptureCenter

Jackson Avenue, intersection Queens Plaza

Long Island City

Words Like Love: Alphaville, First Scenes

3.6 – 2.7.2017

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

Chicago

Song

18.11.2017 – 28.1.2018

Photo: Useful Art Services

mumok

Vienna

Alejandro Cesarco

22.9.2012 – 10.2.2013

Foto © mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

press

Alejandro Cesarco - The ongoing story

Francesca Interlenghi

Stayinart

April, 2022

El arte sin requisitos de Félix González-Torres

Iván de la Nuez

El País

February 22, 2020

His Back Pages

Gill Partington

London Review of Books

December 31, 2019

Interviews: Alejandro Cesarco

Alejandro Cesarco discusses his show at the Renaissance Society

Lauren O’Neill-Butler

Artforum

November 28, 2017

Alejandro Cesarco e il dilemma del tempo che passa

Marco Arrigoni

ATP Diary

March 3, 2014

Alejandro Cesarco

Aoife Rosenmeyer

Frieze

May 22, 2013

publications

Otros ejemplos recientes

Published on the occasion of the exhibitions by Alejandro Cesarco at Artium Museoa (Vitoria) and Lumiar Cité (Lisbon).

Alejandro Cesarco, Mirene Arsanios

Caniche

2023

Apprendre la langue (present continu i)

Margarita Fernández, Martín Bauer

Jeu de Paume

Paris

2018

Alejandro Cesarco: Song

Texts by Solveig Øvstebø, Lynne Tillman, Julie Ault and Wayne Koestenbaum

Renaissance Society

Chicago

2017

Alejandro Cesarco

Edited by Matthias Michalka

Hatje Cantz

Berlin

2012

Alejandro Cesarco: Marguerite Duras' India Song

Alejandro Cesarco

Art in General

Brooklyn

2007

video


Alejandro Cesarco ‘Otros ejemplos recientes’

2023

Alejandro Cesarco about his solo exhibition at Artium Museoa


Alejandro Cesarco, What does looking mean?

2023

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alejandro Cesarco on Alberto Giacometti


Artist talk: Alejandro Cesarco

2017

Artist Alejandro Cesarco discusses his Renaissance Society exhibition, Song (Nov 18, 2017-Jan 28, 2018), in conversation with curator Solveig Øvstebø at the opening reception on Nov 18, 2017.


Alejandro Cesarco on On Kawara

2012

Artists on Artists Lecture Series - Dia Art Foundation


John Baldessari and Alejandro Cesarco

2006-2007

Rolex Mentor and Protégé in Visual Arts

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