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.