Renowned specialist in contemporary Japanese art, Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd. of Manhattan, New York, new to SOFA WEST this year, says, “I’m thrilled at the level of aesthetic sophistication” of attendees, which she noted was on a par with collectors at New York’s venerable Asian Art Fair. Mirviss continues, “Even those who had never seen this work before, knew what they were looking at and some audibly gasped.” Mirviss reported steady sales—most to new clients—and that collector attendance at the fair “from both Coasts” was very strong. By 7:30 pm Opening Night she had decided she would return as an exhibitor next year.

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