A gifted conceptual artist from Uruguay, Alejandro Cesarco is living up to the rigorous demands of his discipline, creating challenging, thought-provoking new work as he did in the mentoring year with the revered American master, John Baldessari. Cesarco’s profile continues to grow as he exhibits his work on several continents.
In 2011, Cesarco represented Uruguay at the 54th Venice Biennale with Methodology, an eight-minute video featuring a subtle, cerebral dialogue – rich in quotes from literature and cinema – between a young man and woman.
Between February and June 2011 in Mexico City, Cesarco and curator Juan Carlos Pereda exhibited Uno sin el otro. Fotografía y películas de viaje de Rufino Tamayo/Retrato de su curador – an imaginative presentation of travel photos and films that were shot over several decades by acclaimed Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991). The exhibition was part of a series called Activating the Collection.
In mid-2011, at Art 42 Basel, in Switzerland, the world’s biggest art fair, Cesarco won the prestigious Baloise prize for his installation The Streets Were Dark With Something More Than Night, or The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning. The installation comprised wall texts, a slide show, framed photographs and an artist’s book that reconfigure the conventions of the detective story.