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Joan B Mirviss LTD with 纽约亚洲艺术周 Presents “An Insider's Look at Hokusai's Iconic Great Wave,” on Thursday January 7, 2021 at 5 pm EST

December 29, 2020

纽约: Joan B Mirviss LTD, along with 纽约亚洲艺术周, will host a Zoom panel discussion on the influence and legacy of Hokusai's most celebrated woodblock print, "The Great Wave." The presentation takes place on Thursday, January 7 at 5:00 pm EST.

The recent record-setting $1.1 million sale of an impression of "Under the Wave off Kanagawa" from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (ca. 1830–32) by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) – more commonly known as "The Great Wave" – has proven once again the enduring impact of one of the world's most recognizable artworks. The 佳士得 New York sale in September 2020 has prompted numerous questions from within the art world, from collectors, and the general public. To address those questions and more, an esteemed group of Japanese art experts from different backgrounds will shed light on not only the current market, but also on the relevance of this globally iconic image.

Says Joan Mirviss, who will moderate the panel: “Following a conversation with Gary Levine about the astonishing price paid for the impression sold recently at Christie’s, I was inspired to assemble a dream team of Japanese art experts to focus in on this celebrated image and use it as a launching pad to unravel some of the mysteries and misunderstandings about Japanese art and the world of ukiyo-e."

The expert panelists will delve into the history versus the legend, the myths and misconceptions, and the technical variations present in impressions in prominent collections. They include:

Michiko Adachi, assistant conservator at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Christine Guth, author of Hokusai's Great Wave and scholar of Japanese art history
Gary Levine, longtime dealer specializing in Japanese woodblock prints
Matthew McKelway, Takeo and Itsuko Atsumi Professor of Japanese Art History, Columbia University
Sarah Thompson, Curator, Japanese art at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

To register for this free virtual event, please email director@mirviss.com Space is limited.

Edit: Watch Part 1 of the Webinar here: