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Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd

Playing with Pattern: MAEDA MASAHIRO

November 2 – December 15, 2023

Avidly collected in Japan for decades, this artist-curated exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD marks Maeda Masahiro’s first retrospective show outside of Japan. Playing with Pattern brings together major works from each stage of his career. Though his style has undergone transformations over the years, Maeda’s artistry is rooted in a unique layering of decorations, often utilizing a remarkable range of colors and motifs that are accentuated in gold and silver. Working steadily for over fifty years, Maeda is renowned for his skills in iro-e, an overglaze enamel technique that traces its roots to the vibrant Japanese polychrome porcelain ware of the seventeenth century. By combining his technical expertise with exuberant patterning, Maeda Masahiro is a modern master committed to enlivening tradition while occasionally imbuing it with wry humor.

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Taking Space, Making Space: Japanese Women Ceramic Artists

Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 5pm ET

Coinciding with Radical Clay: Contemporary Japanese Women Artists, which opens at the Art Institute of Chicago just a few days later, our next ZOOM Gallery Talk will explore the vital role of 20th and 21st century Japanese women clay artists within Japanese ceramics today. Drawn from the Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz Collection and featuring work by 20 of our gallery artists, the museum exhibition celebrates the achievements and profound influence of these creative visionaries on a traditionally male-dominated ceramics field. Panelists for this event include key figures who contributed to this important exhibition, including: collector and museum patron Carol Horvitz, curator and Radical Clay catalogue contributor Hollis Goodall, and two prominent gallery artists featured in the exhibition, Tashima Etsuko and Tomita Mikiko, who represent different generational perspectives.

HOLLIS GOODALL, Former Curator of Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), CA
CAROL HORVITZ, Japanese art collector and museum patron, MA
TASHIMA ETSUKO, Gallery artist and Professor of Ceramics at Osaka University of the Arts, Japan
TOMITA MIKIKO, Gallery artist
Moderated by JOAN MIRVISS

To register for this free event, click here.