Tokyo

Aiko Miyawaki

Ueda Gallery

Born in 1929 in Tokyo, Aiko Miyawaki lives and works there quietly, discreetly, and efficaciously. Originally a painter, since 1966 she has devoted herself to sculpture, although she still draws a good deal as well. She is the wife of the architect Arata Isozaki, and her friendships with Man Ray, Richard Lindner, and currently with younger artists from many countries are not incidental. Early on, in fact, Miyawaki opened herself to the world beyond Japan; I first met her in Italy, in 1959.

Miyawaki was very ill at the time, with cancer, and although she survived the disease, her long sickness affected her way of seeing. The brevity of life was permanently impressed upon her. The ephemeral is familiar to the Japanese by nature; they are a people accustomed to earthquakes, typhoons, and other catastrophes, and their tradition of wooden architecture reveals an ingrained consciousness of the

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