Miyoko Ito: Heart of Hearts
|When||7 Apr 2018 - 6 May 2018|
55 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 6pm-8pm
I have no place to take myself except painting.
– Miyoko Ito¹
Miyoko Ito was born in Berkeley, California, to Japanese parents in 1918. As a young girl, she spent several years with her mother and sister in Japan, where she first experimented with calligraphy and painting. Ito followed in her father’s footsteps by attending the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied watercolor under John Haley, Erle Loran, and Worth Ryder. Months before her graduation in 1942, Ito was sent to Tanforan, an internment camp south of San Francisco. Released years before her new husband, Ito briefly matriculated at Smith College before transferring to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a scholarship but never graduated. Although, like those of other Chicago artists, her efforts were highly susceptible to regionalization, Ito participated in the 1975 Whitney Biennial and was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Renaissance Society in 1980. She was represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chicago and New York from the late 1960s through her death in 1983. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2017) and Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York (2006 and 2014), VeneKlasen/Werner, Berlin (2012), and No Vacancies, a group presentation at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2015).
Curated by Jordan Stein in collaboration with Artists Space, this exhibition follows MATRIX 267, the recent presentation at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
Photo courtesy of the organizer/s.
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