Spotlight

Kazuko Miyamoto

Zürcher Gallery, New York (S30)

Kazuko Miyamoto, Female I, 1977 - 2017. Courtesy: the artist and Zurcher, New York

Kazuko Miyamoto, Female I, 1977 - 2017. Courtesy: the artist and Zurcher, New York

Zurcher Gallery presents historic work by Kazuko Miyamoto from the 1970s, one of the artist’s most fertile periods of production, including two of her significant string constructions, “Male” and “Female,” complemented by diagrammatic drawings. Miyamoto started to produce installation, paintings and drawings in a minimalist vocabulary during the 1970s.

Early in her career, working as Sol Lewitt’s assistant, Miyamoto adopted a serious investigation of modular forms, repetition, and geometry. Her strategies are more gestural than precise. Rather than addressing the perfect architecture of space, the work produces marvellous spatial interventions out of common materials. Miyamoto’s string constructions are among her most distinct works. She fabricates complex linear designs with industrial cotton string attached to nails, utilizing a combination of wall, floor and ceiling to draw in three dimensions. The works confront the scale of the viewer. They accentuate the found architecture in the installations’ exhibition space. Most dramatically, they utilize modest materials to make incredible spatial transformations. The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently acquired Miyamoto’s Untitled.

Kazuko Miyamoto (b. 1942, Tokyo; lives and works in New York) studied art at the Gendai Bijutsu Kenkyujo (Contemporary Art Research Studio). She moved to New York in 1964 and attended The Arts Student League of New York (1964­–1968).