About Us

Specializing in Japanese fine art for 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 over thirty-five 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 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. 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.

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. Just this 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 Persepctives 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 states , taught art history and authored many articles. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with dual 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/is ceramics and so she believes the directorship at Joan B. Mirviss to be a serendipitous move for her. Her focus in her academic studies was song ceramics.  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 have 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 or musical performances, enjoys fine wines, serves as crew chief for her husband's edurance bicycling races and takes as many walks in nature as she can fit into her busy schedule.

 

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.

Khai Tran

Khai Tran
admin@mirviss.com

Khai Tran previously worked at Deutsche Bank first as an intern and then as assistant to the senior curator of the bank's extensive corporate collection. Prior to the bank, he was employed by the Katonah Museum of Art and Purchase College. He has his BFA in painting and drawing from Purchase College. Khai is a Vietnamese-American painter living and working in Westchester. His work is inspired by fauvism, 90's era video game graphics, and cyber culture.

Trevor Menders

Trevor Menders
info@mirviss.com

Trevor works on Japanese art and cultural history from the Heian period to the present day, from 12th century narrative painting to 20th century ceramics. He holds a BA with honors from Columbia University in East Asian Languages and Cultures, and has worked on exhibitions and public-facing projects with a number of institutions, including the Kyoto National Museum, KYOTOGRAPHIE international photography festival, the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden Society, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and has received a variety of awards and fellowships, including the Warshawsky Curatorial Fellowship from the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Foreign Language Area Studies Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Kakehashi Fellowship from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Fulbright Scholarship in association with Tokyo University of the Arts.