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Miyoko Ito, Heart of Hearts, Basking, 1973, oil on canvas, 44 x 31".

Miyoko Ito

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Miyoko Ito, Heart of Hearts, Basking, 1973, oil on canvas, 44 x 31".

In the painting Heart of Hearts, Basking, 1973, the viewer finds herself in an immensurable yet sensuous concrete space. In the extreme foreground, two molten pools of red paint swell upward, dammed on either side by brown embankments and above by a barrier of stacked elongated cylinders. A sweeping, prohibitive diagonal line girdles the picture, its upper register marked by a rectangular aperture that opens onto contiguous passages of tan and translucent blue that reflexively read as sand, sea, and sky. As this distant, elusive beach materializes, and categorical distinctions of abstraction and figuration tire and give out, both terms disclose their fragility and codependence.

This painting provided both the title and the tone of the first New York institutional exhibition of the work of the artist Miyoko Ito (1918–1983). Until now, she was little known outside her adopted hometown

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