Vistas 6—Sarah Grilo and José Antonio Fernández-Muro is devoted to Argentine artists Sarah Grilo (1919–2007) and José Antonio Fernández-Muro (1920–2014), their legacies, and their contributions to international postwar abstraction.
The research that grounds this issue was made possible thanks to the Estate of Sarah Grilo and José Antonio Fernández-Muro, which generously loaned its archive to ISLAA. The artists’ archive constitutes the most comprehensive body of information on their lives and careers, and it contains items that pertain to the couple’s life in Buenos Aires, New York, Paris, and Madrid from the 1950s to the 1980s, including references to their participation in the artist collectives Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina (GAMA) and Grupo de los Cinco.
Vistas 6 features essays by Megan Kincaid, Karen Grimson, Juan Gabriel Ramírez Bolívar, Emireth Herrera, Damasia Lacroze, Andrea Carolina Zambrano, and Mateo Fernández-Muro. ISLAA is grateful for the opportunity to share these materials with the authors who contributed to this issue, facilitating new research by emerging scholars and curators. From 2019 to2020, ISLAA also dedicated several of its programs to the advancement of research on the work of Grilo and Fernández-Muro: the ISLAA Writer in Residence program, the ISLAA Travel Grant program, and the Duke House Exhibition Series at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. This volume of Vistas is the result of this joint institutional effort to expand the accessibility of the archive for future academic research.
Vistas: Critical Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art is a platform for emerging scholars and graduate students working on Latin American art to share their research. The essays published in Vistas emerge from academic programming supported by ISLAA, primarily in partnership with universities. Vistas reflects the vitality and heterogeneity of Latin American art and art history, in line with ISLAA's mission to advance scholarship in this field and support for future generations of experts on Latin American art.