About Us

Specializing in Japanese fine art for nearly forty years, Joan B Mirviss LTD features Japanese screens, scrolls, woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), and modern and contemporary ceramics in its Madison Avenue Gallery. Joan B Mirviss LTD attracts audiences to New York from around the country and abroad by showcasing the very best in Japanese fine art in solo and collaborative exhibitions by important ceramists and thematic exhibitions. In addition, you will find us in January at the Winter Antiques Show, the preeminent art and antiques fair in the country where we have exhibited for thirty-five years, and in November at The Salon Art + Design, both at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Joan B. Mirviss

Joan B. Mirviss
joan@mirviss.com  

Joan B. Mirviss is an expert and major dealer in Japanese art, specializing in ceramics, ukiyo-e prints and paintings for nearly forty years. In the area of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramic art in the West, she has been the pioneering spirit and force behind this burgeoning field.

As the foremost dealer in the field of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics, she exclusively represents the top Japanese clay artists. Mirviss has organized and mounted over seventy exhibitions of Japanese modern and contemporary ceramics at her New York gallery and international fairs, bringing the work of celebrated artists as well as hitherto unknown talents to the attention of the American public. The 2011 release of her seminal publication Birds of Dawn:  The Pioneers of Japan’s Ceramic Sôdeisha Movement, that included essays by three leading scholar/curators from museums in the US and Britain, accompanied the groundbreaking exhibition of eighty works assembled over ten years. She also collaborated on the 2015 publication and exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, Japanese Ceramics for the Twenty-first Century, of her clients’collection. Widely published and a highly respected specialist in her field, Mirviss has advised and built collections for many museums and private collectors. Ms. Mirviss received her M.A. in Japanese art history from Columbia University, and has written books and articles on a wide range of Japanese art-related subjects as well as lectured at museums and universities in the United States, Europe, and Japan.Her clients include more than fifty museums throughout the world.

In addition, Mirviss has been active in both curatorial and scholarly projects. Most notably, in 1995, she curated the exhibition of the Frank Lloyd Wright surimono print collection shown at the Phoenix Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for which she co-authored the accompanying publication, The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono. In 2000, she curated an exhibition and authored the catalogue titled Jewels of Japanese Printmaking: Surimono of the Bunka and Bunsei Era for the prominent Japanese print museum in Tokyo, the Ota Memorial Art Museum. More recently she contributed to the publication Reading Surimono for the Rietberg Museum in Zürich.

Noriko Ozawa

Noriko Ozawa
jp@mirviss.com

Noriko Ozawa has received her BA from Tsuda College in Tokyo and MBA from New York University. Though her education prepared her for the investment banking industry where she worked for 15 years, she was always interested in cross-border art trade. She ran her own business in Hong Kong dealing in Japanese and Chinese decorative items. After working in retail, interior decorating and international trading fields, in January 2014 she assumed the position of Japanese Coordinator at the gallery with the hope that her international living experience and business experience crossing over multiple industries as well as her national and cultural heritage could contribute to not only the gallery business but also better understanding and dissemination of Japanese culture and art tradition.

Damon Graham

Damon Graham
registrar@mirviss.com

Damon Graham received his BA in Art History from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Upon graduating, he participated in the JET Program from 2012 to 2014, working as an Assistant Language Teacher in Usuki, Oita, Japan. Living in Japan allowed him to hone his Japanese language skills and experience Japanese culture firsthand. In April 2015 he assumed the role of Registrar.