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The Loewe Foundation Announces 30 Finalists for the 2020 Craft Prize

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Today, the Loewe Foundation announced the names of 30 shortlisted artists for the 2020 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize. This fourth edition will present a range of objects that re-conceptualize conventional artistry skills and techniques, as well as utilize up-cycled materials to advocate for the preservation of the natural world. The artists behind these works come from diverse backgrounds and locales. Across 18 countries and representing varying experience levels, the finalists display a range of media, from ceramics and sculpture to textiles and drawing.

The annual Craft Prize was created in 2016, and acted as a tribute to Loewe’s start as a collective craft workshop in 1846. Each year the prize awards the artists who are making an important contribution to the evolution of their craft. Creative director and creator of the Craft Prize, Jonathan Anderson stated, “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.”

As for the finalist selection process, a panel of 10 experts assembled in Madrid for two days to asses the entries, and out of nearly 3,000 submissions, the most technically impressive and innovative artists were chosen. Those who made the shortlist, named below, not only excelled at their craft, but translated their work into objects with cultural and aesthetic impact.

A jury of 12 leading individuals in design, journalism, architecture, and museum curatorship, including last years victor, Genta Ishizuka, will select the 2020 prizewinner of 50,000 Euros. The verdict will be announced on May 19, at the opening of the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize 2020 exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

For those unable to see the works in person, a virtual tour of the exhibition will be available through the Loewe Foundation’s partnership with Google Arts and Culture. With the 2019 Craft Prize exhibition in Tokyo now on view through the platform, anyone can see the outstanding crafts.

The 2020 Craft Prize shortlist:

Afsaneh Modiramani (Iran)

Anthony Marsh (United States)

Bodil Manz (Denmark)

Carla Garcia Durlan (Spain)

Darshana Raja (Kenya)

David Corvalán (Chile)

Despo Sophocleous (Canada)

Edu Tarín (Germany)

Fanglu Lin (China)

Hyejeong Kim (Republic of Korea)

Jack Doherty (Ireland)

Jess Tolbert (United States)

Jessica Loughlin (Australia)

Jiyong Lee (United States)

Joël Andrianomearisoa (Madagascar)

Kevin Grey (United Kingdom)

Kohei Ukai (Japan)

Kyeok Kim (Republic of Korea)

Marc Ricourt (France)

Naama Haneman (Israel)

Peter Bauhuis (Germany)

Sukkeun Kang (Republic of Korea)

Sungho Cho (Republic of Korea

Sungyoul Park (Republic of Korea)

Takayuki Sakiyama (Japan)

Tobias Møhl (Denmark)

Veronika Beckh (Germany)

Waqas Khan (Pakistan)

Xavier Toubes (Spain)

Yang Gao (China)

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