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Specializing in Japanese fine art for over 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 nearly forty years.

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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 over 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. 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 sixty museums throughout the world.

Just released in October 2019, her handsomely illustrated, bilingual book, The Allure of Japanese Contemporary Ceramics published by Mitsumura Suiko Shoin, the Kyoto art publisher, focuses on the past twenty years of passionate collecting and exhibitions by leading American museums and private collectors. Vessel Explored/ Vessel Transformed; Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy was published in March 2019.The 2011 release of her seminal publication Birds of Dawn:  The Pioneers of Japan’s Ceramic Sôdeisha Movement, which 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. Last year she authored a catalogue and curated a series of three rotations of contemporary Japanese ceramics for the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada, titled JAPAN/NOW. Additionally she wrote for and assisted with Hands and Clay: Six Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics for the Lowe and Crow Art Museums in Florida and Texas.

In addition, Mirviss has been active in both curatorial and scholarly projects relating to Japanese prints. 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.

Tracy Causey-Jeffery

Tracy Causey-Jeffery
director@mirviss.com

Prior to running her own contemporary art gallery for twenty years, Tracy previously worked with major Asian art galleries in London and interned with the Chinese Works of Art department at Sothebys NY. She has curated numerous exhibitions throughout the US, taught art history and authored many articles. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with majors in Oriental Studies and International Relations, she went on to study Mandarin in Taiwan and to receive a postgraduate certificate in Asian Art from the University of London SOAS/Sotheby's Institute joint program. Tracy's favorite area of study was and remains ceramics as her academic focus had been Song ceramics. And so she believes the Directorship at Joan B. Mirviss to be her ideal position. Additionally, prior to joining Joan B. Mirviss LTD, she worked on a traveling exhibition, Material Poetry, with curator Brian Kennedy and Designer Joseph Walsh which showcased Irish designer/makers partially because of the exhibition's focus on ceramics as art. In her own gallery, she curated two exhibitions of teawares focusing on American artists who  studied with master ceramists in Japan. 

When not working with or reading about Asian art, she practices a vegetarian lifestyle, avidly supports wildlife and environmental preservation, gardens, cooks with family and friends, attends the ballet, theater and musical performances, enjoys fine wines, serves as crew chief for her husband's edurance bicycling races and takes as many walks in nature despite her busy schedule.

 

Noriko Ozawa

Noriko Ozawa
jp@mirviss.com

Noriko Ozawa received her BA from Tsuda College in Tokyo and an MBA from New York University. Though her education prepared her for the investment banking industry where she worked for 15 years, she remained interested in the internatoonal art market. For several years, she ran her own art business in Hong Kong, dealing in Japanese and Chinese decorative items. In the US, after working in retail, interior decorating and international trading, in January 2014 she assumed the position of Japanese Coordinator at this gallery. Her international living experience, her career in business, as well as her Japanese heritage continue to contribute to not only the affairs of the gallery but also to foster a better understanding and dissemination of Japanese cultural traditions.