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Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT

Art & Design with Tradition & Innovation

Sale 121 Lot 18

Miyoko Ito
(American, 1918-1983)
Act One in the Desert, 1978
oil on canvas
signed and titled verso
47" x 36"

Catalog Note:
Miyoko Ito's painting provides a welcoming but challenging visual cosmology of rectangular and square shapes floating in an atmospheric dreamworld. The paint here is thinly applied, blurring blues, yellows and oranges. On the high horizon line, an apparent sunset of muted light brown blends up the canvas into light blue. Connections between the built and the ethereal world are punctuated with a square, suggesting a portal where more may yet be imagined. Ito's compositions are quite often engaging enigmas.

Estimate $15,000-25,000

Sold for $81,250