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Sarah Grilo: The New York Years, 1962-70

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Thu 8 Feb 2024 to Sat 30 Mar 2024

528 West 26th Street, NY 10001 Sarah Grilo: The New York Years, 1962-70

Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

Artist: Sarah Grilo

Talk: “Sarah Grilo: The New York Years, 1962–70” with Phong H. Bui, Mateo Fernández-Muro, and Karen Grimson. Saturday 9 March, 3pm. Register

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York presents a solo exhibition of works by Sarah Grilo, The New York Years, 1962–70, the late artist’s first with the gallery. Curated by Karen Grimson, the exhibition focuses on a pivotal period in the artist’s practice, charting the emergence of her distinct style fusing abstraction with language.


Artworks

Sarah Grilo, Sin título, c. 1963-67

Oil on canvas

18 1/8 × 15 1/8 in

© The Estate of Sarah Grilo. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.

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Sarah Grilo, Protesta, 1973

Oil on canvas

39 3/8 × 31 7/8 in

© The Estate of Sarah Grilo. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.

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Installation image for Sarah Grilo: The New York Years, 1962-70, at Galerie Lelong & Co. Installation image for Sarah Grilo: The New York Years, 1962-70, at Galerie Lelong & Co. Installation image for Sarah Grilo: The New York Years, 1962-70, at Galerie Lelong & Co. Installation image for Sarah Grilo: The New York Years, 1962-70, at Galerie Lelong & Co.

Sarah Grilo’s arrival in New York in 1962, following her receipt of a Guggenheim Fellowship, came at a time of intense political upheaval that mirrored visual experimentation, and imbued the artist with a deepened desire to create. Grilo’s works reflect this disruption and creativity. Influenced in part by her attraction to U.S. illustrated publications such as LIFE and women’s magazines, Grilo assimilated language, collage, and text in her paintings. Working with collage and transfer of text, Grilo isolated phrases such as America’s going…; Our heroes; and Win, it’s great for your ego, marrying abstraction and drawing with subtle social commentary. Grilo’s use of text sourced from U.S. mass media is even more intriguing considering English was a foreign language for the artist.

The exhibition will include a number of paintings which have not been publicly exhibited in over fifty years, since Grilo’s 1967 solo exhibition at Byron Gallery in New York. One of the most dramatic works in this selection, Our heroes (1966), is a graphic, grid-like composition in gray and bold red interrupted by an amalgamation of text. Combining passages culled from magazines with freehand quotes rendered by the artist, Grilo demonstrates her intuitive, expressive approach to painting. Featuring references to notable current events and debates of the mid ‘60s, Our heroes is emblematic of the cultural framework of the U.S. at the time of its creation. Win, it’s great for your ego (c. 1965-66) similarly references the atmosphere of war, though the addition of numbers and arrows brings the signage of the bustling New York City streets into the space of Grilo’s imagination. Made at the height of the Pop Art movement sweeping the city at the time, Win and many of the other paintings in the exhibition link Grilo to artists such as Rauschenberg and Warhol who were in search of inspiration in the everyday and commonplace.

Of this period, Grimson writes: “A galvanizing moment for Grilo’s practice, the New York years span her transition from modern to contemporary abstraction. As formal and chromatic explorations gave way to the emergence of discourse and language, Grilo’s engagement with politics and mass media became fundamental in her contribution to post-war American painting.”

Concurrent to our exhibition in New York, works by Grilo will be presented alongside those of Ana Mendieta and Zilia Sánchez at Frieze Los Angeles from February 29 – March 3, 2024.

Installation view, Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, Sarah Grilo: The New York Years, 1962–70, February 8 – March 30, 2024. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo: Thomas Müller.

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