Loewe is pleased to reveal the names of the twenty-nine artists who have been shortlisted for the 2019 edition of the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize. Representing a diverse spectrum of techniques, media and modes of expression, the finalists embody the best of over 2,500 submissions from more than one hundred countries.
To select the 29 finalists, a panel of nine experts reviewed all the entries to determine the most outstanding works in terms of technical accomplishment, innovation and artistic vision. Next, a jury of eleven prominent individuals from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museums curatorship will chose the winner of the 50,000 Euro prize that will be award on June 25, 2019 at the Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo. The works of the finalists will be on display there until July 22, 2019.
The award was conceived by Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of Loewe, to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and to recognize the talent, vision and innovation of working artists and to pay tribute to Loewe’s origins as a collective craft workshop in 1846.
Citing the impetus of the award, Anderson remarked at the award’s inception three years ago, “Craft is the essence of LOEWE. As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word. That is where our modernity lies, and it will always be relevant.”