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Specializing in Japanese fine art for over thirty-five years, Joan B Mirviss LTD features Japanese screens and scrolls, woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), and modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics in its Madison Avenue Gallery. Joan B Mirviss LTD will continue to bring audiences in New York, around the country and abroad the very best in Japanese fine art, featuring solo shows by important ceramists

and exhibitions of antique woodblock prints. As always, you will find us at the Winter Antiques Show, the preeminent art and antiques fair in the country where we have exhibited as the leading dealer of Japanese art for thirty years, as well as SOFA NY, one of the most important and popular art fairs to present the works of leading and emerging artists in contemporary decorative arts and design.

07/11/2024

Bizen ware, characterized by its rich reddish-brown clay with natural ash glaze, is one of Japan’s six pottery traditions. Originating from today’s Okayama prefecture on the Seto Inland Sea, its history reaches back to the 14th century, peaking during the late 16th century.

With the modernization of Japan in the mid-19th century, Bizen almost disappeared, but the tradition was revived in the 1930s and many artists since have explored its potential. While some have stayed closer to conventional forms, others have surprised with new shapes while staying true to the core of Bizen.

Now on view in galleries 251–253 ✨ “Bizen: Contemporary Expressions of an Ancient Japanese Pottery.” This exhibition showcases the journey in Bizen from the 16th century to the 21st. See it for free through early next year. https://bit.ly/3zoGDep

Need some cool breeze to get away from the heat?Our show Hagi and Oribe will run through the summer. This work by Kaneta...
07/10/2024

Need some cool breeze to get away from the heat?

Our show Hagi and Oribe will run through the summer. This work by Kaneta Masanao evokes the wintery snowy mountains of Japan. The rock-like scooped vessel even appears to some visitors as an iceberg. A fantastic vessel to view during this heatwave!

07/09/2024
07/09/2024

Coming to the Chazen in September 2025

TOSHIKO TAKAEZU: WORLDS WITHIN

Of Okinawan heritage and born in Hawai‘i, Toshiko Takaezu was a groundbreaking twentieth century abstract artist most celebrated for her prolific output of expressively glazed “closed form” ceramic sculptures that ranged in scale from palm-sized works to immersive sculptural environments. Seeking to harness the expressive potential of both abstract painting and sculpture, Takaezu radically reimagined the vessel form as a pliable three dimensional canvas, and as site for limitless experimentation.

Opening first at The Noguchi Museum from March 20–July 28, 2024, Toshiko Takaezu: Worlds Within is the first nationally touring retrospective of Takaezu’s work in twenty years. A new monograph co-published with Yale University Press, also titled Toshiko Takaezu: Worlds Within, represents the most ambitious monograph on an American ceramic artist to date.

The retrospective is organized by The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, with assistance from the Toshiko Takaezu Foundation and the Takaezu family. It is co-curated by art historian Glenn Adamson, Noguchi Museum Curator Kate Wiener, composer and sound artist Leilehua Lanzilotti. The exhibition was conceived and developed with former Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart.

(PHOTO: Toshiko Takaezu with moons, 1979. Photo: Hiro. Toshiko Takaezu Archives. ©Family of Toshiko Takaezu)

Congratulations to Kondō Takahiro on the launch of your new climbing kiln (Nobori gama in Japanese)! The kiln is named R...
07/08/2024

Congratulations to Kondō Takahiro on the launch of your new climbing kiln (Nobori gama in Japanese)!

The kiln is named Rokuryū and is located near Hanase, Kyoto. May the kiln gods smile on your upcoming firings!

Happy Fourth! 🇺🇸🎆The gallery is wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July. Due to the holiday, we will be closed July 4th ...
07/03/2024

Happy Fourth! 🇺🇸🎆

The gallery is wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July. Due to the holiday, we will be closed July 4th through July 5th. We look forward to reopening on the 8th with our current show, Hagi and Oribe.

Left: Kondō Takahiro, Clearwater, 2023
Right: Tanaka Yu, 23R-2, 2023

A true giant in the field of Japanese sculpture passed away on June 19, 2024. Despite her diminutive stature, MISHIMA KI...
07/02/2024

A true giant in the field of Japanese sculpture passed away on June 19, 2024. Despite her diminutive stature, MISHIMA KIMIYO (1932-2024) was a woman of great power, monumental talent, and insight. And she had a big heart.

Mishima was one of the most prominent and widely exhibited of the first generation of Japanese women artists who used clay as a medium. Her realistic depictions of discarded newspapers, print materials, cardboard containers, and other refuse were metaphors for the “throwaway” nature of contemporary mass media, a critique of society’s wastefulness, and very much part of pop-art culture. She wished to convey that the recycled clay she utilized for her sculptural bodies was as “breakable” and “disposable” as the daily news. Ever sensitive to the environment and the overwhelming flow of information in today’s world, Mishima hoped her engaging work would compel viewers to take notice and even take action.

Despite her success in this medium, she never considered herself a ceramist. An indomitable figure and inveterate traveler, despite modest resources, Mishima journeyed by plane, train, and/or bus to nearly every venue for the seminal traveling exhibition, Soaring Voices – Contemporary Japanese Women Ceramic Artists, in which the twelve museums included nine venues spanning the US. And inevitably, she was the sole artist to do so, most often bravely unaccompanied. With a noteworthy appetite for both conversation and good food, she made friends and supporters wherever she ventured.

Born in Osaka, Mishima was first a painting student in Tokyo, but after her marriage to Mishima Shigeji, she returned to Osaka where the Gutai Movement flourished. There her painted works on canvas included the art of collage, using pages from magazines and newspapers acquired during her travels. In the 1970s, she developed an interest in silk-screening such “informational” materials to create sculptures formed from clay. As a result of receiving a Rockefeller Grant in 1986-87, the art scene in New York became an influential part of development. Her work continued to evolve, and her witty, metaphorical sculptures were exhibited internationally. Today Mishima’s sculptures are found in museum collections across the globe. In 2021 she was awarded the gold prize for lifetime achievement by the Japan Ceramic Society. Her career was recently the focus of a retrospective exhibition at the Nerima Art Museum and is currently featured in the American touring exhibition, Radical Clay–– Contemporary Women Artists from Japan.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and ardent fans. Her forceful character, talent, and artistic voice will be greatly missed and our memories of her will be forever cherished.

07/02/2024

⏳️This is the last week to catch Katsushika Hokusai’s well-known woodblock print 'The Great Wave,' along with other light-sensitive works, at the Yale University Art Gallery before it leaves their current exhibit 'Year of the Dragon' this Sunday, July 7th! A new selection will be on view through November 10, offering repeat visitors another experience of the exhibition.

Be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity to view the masterpiece with your own eyes 👀!

➡️ https://artgallery.yale.edu/exhibitions/exhibition/year-dragon

🖼️ Katsushika Hokusai’s 'The Great Wave'
🗓️ On View through Sunday, July 7
🏛️ Yale University Art Gallery
📍 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

Image: Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Beneath the Waves off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave, from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, ca. 1831, Ukiyo-e: polychrome woodblock print; blue key block, sheet: 9 5/8 × 14 5/8 in., Frances Ga***rd Smith Collection


A few days ago in Bordeaux we visited the remarkable law courts designed by architect of the Centre Pompidou, Richard Ro...
07/02/2024

A few days ago in Bordeaux we visited the remarkable law courts designed by architect of the Centre Pompidou, Richard Rogers. The “pods” are intended for intimate and supportive discussions. The combination of materials and forms are amazingly coherent and work well within this historic city.

On its final day at the Centre Pompidou we were able to catch the breathtaking and thorough retrospective of the ground-...
07/02/2024

On its final day at the Centre Pompidou we were able to catch the breathtaking and thorough retrospective of the ground-breaking career of Brancusi- the father of modern sculpture.

07/01/2024

The magnificent sculpture of the Kamakura period (1185-1333) has long been considered a high point in the history of Japanese art.

Find out more here with a step back into the archive:
http://asianartnewspaper.com/kamakura-realism-and-spirituality-in-the-sculpture-of-japan/

Image - Koshun (active circa 1315–1328, possibly through 1359). The Shinto deity Hachiman in the guise of a Buddhist monk, Kamakura period, dated 1328, polychromed Japanese cypress (hinoki) with inlaid crystal eyes, 81.3 x 93.3 x 61 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Maria Antoinette Evans Fund and Contributions. Photo © 2016 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Getting ready for summer?Why not stop by our gallery for our summer show: Hagi and Oribe? Suzuki Testus's Oribe vessel p...
06/28/2024

Getting ready for summer?

Why not stop by our gallery for our summer show: Hagi and Oribe? Suzuki Testus's Oribe vessel pairs perfectly with Kamisaka Sekka's sleeping screen creating a colorful play between florals and deep greens.

One of the featured artists in our current summer show Hagi and Oribe is Shibuya Eiichi.Shibuya Eiichi was born into a f...
06/26/2024

One of the featured artists in our current summer show Hagi and Oribe is Shibuya Eiichi.

Shibuya Eiichi was born into a family of Hagi ware potters and throughout his childhood, enjoyed a close relationship with clay, studying first with his grandfather.

The white base and dark banding in brownish-black of his sensuous, modern sculptural vessels were initially inspired by the nearby sea and the effects of light on water and impact of shadow.

NEW EXHIBITIONThis summer, the gallery will present “Hagi and Oribe: Redefining Tradition”. Hagi and Oribe have historic...
06/25/2024

NEW EXHIBITION

This summer, the gallery will present “Hagi and Oribe: Redefining Tradition”. Hagi and Oribe have historical roots dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, and our show will feature contemporary artists continuing the lineage and pushing the boundaries of these techniques.

Make sure to cool off from the heat with these wonderful works.

We proudly announce that Kino Satoshi has been given Special Mention at the 2024 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale. His Celedon s...
06/24/2024

We proudly announce that Kino Satoshi has been given Special Mention at the 2024 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale. His Celedon swirls are a marvel and it is great to see this artist being given this prestigious mention.

06/19/2024

Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories a

This Summer is jam-packed with exhibitions on Japanese clay!The Minneapolis Institute of Art will display "Bizen: Contem...
06/18/2024

This Summer is jam-packed with exhibitions on Japanese clay!

The Minneapolis Institute of Art will display "Bizen: Contemporary Expressions of an Ancient Japanese Pottery" through February 2025.

Mia’s new exhibition showcases the journey of traditional Japanese pottery from the 16th century to today.

06/18/2024
06/17/2024
06/14/2024
The newest edition to our video series for the Layered Clay exhibition is out now!This volume covers Miyash*ta Zenji, a ...
06/13/2024

The newest edition to our video series for the Layered Clay exhibition is out now!

This volume covers Miyash*ta Zenji, a master of the saidei (colored-clay overlay) technique, as he developed and evolved his work. Be sure to look at the exhibition page on our website for the other videos from this series!

Gallery Intern Nicolle Bertozzi presents Miyash*ta Zenji's background and the evolution of his artwork. This video was produced for Layered Clay, a gallery e...

06/12/2024
Fukusa is a silk square that was heavily used in the sixteenth to nineteenth century for gift-giving and ceremonial use....
06/11/2024

Fukusa is a silk square that was heavily used in the sixteenth to nineteenth century for gift-giving and ceremonial use. Although our modern usage of fukusa has adapted to a simple cloth to wrap a gift or carry a bag, this current exhibition showcases some of the most ornate examples of embroidery and coloring of fukusa.

Why and how do we give gifts? The act of gifting is deeply ingrained and takes many forms across histories and cultures. In Japan, the practice of for...

06/06/2024

The Boucheron Wave Diamond Tiara, constructed by the firm ca. 1910. tThe tiara was intended to echo the famous 1831 Great Wave Off Kanagawa, a woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai.
Credit: Respective Owner

06/06/2024
Currently on display at The Dayton Art Institute is Captivating Clay: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Co...
06/05/2024

Currently on display at The Dayton Art Institute is Captivating Clay: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection. Featuring works by stand-out artists of our gallery such as the stunning works of Katsumata Chieko, seen below.

Note that the museum will be closed until June 12th.

Captivating Clay: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection. Drawn from the renowned collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz—including recent gifts from them to the museum—this exhibition presents more than thirty artworks spanning eight decades. Artists range from innovative pi...

06/04/2024
The third chapter of our LAYERED CLAY video series is on Ogata Kamio. Watch gallery intern Nicolle Bertozzi present the ...
05/31/2024

The third chapter of our LAYERED CLAY video series is on Ogata Kamio.

Watch gallery intern Nicolle Bertozzi present the artist's intricate carved works in this video showcasing some of the best works of marbelized clay.

Gallery Intern Nicolle Bertozzi presents Ogata Kamio's background and the evolution of his artwork. This video was produced for Layered Clay, a gallery exhib...

Featured in the Asian Art Newspaper, Dr Yannick Lintz, president of Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet is inter...
05/29/2024

Featured in the Asian Art Newspaper, Dr Yannick Lintz, president of Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet is interviewed on how the Guimet is determined to make a larger impact in the world of Asian art.

Pictured below is the historic library of the French museum, where Kondō Takahiro's, Reduction is prominently displayed.

Infoceramica posted an article on our upcoming Hargi and Oribe summer show. Check out the article below.
05/22/2024

Infoceramica posted an article on our upcoming Hargi and Oribe summer show. Check out the article below.

Exposiciones Maestros contemporáneos de Hagi y Oribe by Infocerámica 21 de mayo de 2024 21 de mayo de 2024 131 La galería neoyorquina Joan B. Mirviss, dedicada al arte japonés, presenta en su sede de Nueva York, del 26 de Junio al 23 de Agosto, la exposición titulada “Focus on Contemporary Ma...

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Specializing in Japanese fine art for over forty years, Joan B Mirviss LTD features Japanese screens and scrolls, woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), and especially modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics at its Madison Avenue Gallery. Joan B Mirviss LTD continues to bring audiences in New York, around the country and abroad the very best in Japanese fine art, featuring solo shows by important ceramists and exhibitions of antique woodblock prints. As always, you will find us in January at the Winter Antiques Show, the preeminent art and antiques fair in the country where we have exhibited as the leading dealer of Japanese art for thirty-seven years, as well as in November at The Salon: Art+Design, one of the most important and popular art fairs to present the works of leading and emerging artists and designers in modern and contemporary fine and decorative arts . Follow us on Instagram and Pinterest! https://www.instagram.com/joanbmirvissltd/ https://www.pinterest.com/joanbmirvissltd/

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