Craft figures at the heart of LOEWE and the vision of its Creative Director Jonathan Anderson. The LOEWE FOUNDATION has announced the 30 shortlisted artists for the 2023 edition of its annual Craft Prize. Their work will be exhibited in Isamu Noguchi’s Studio at The Noguchi Museum in New York from May 17 through June 18, 2023.
The 30 finalist artists were selected from over 2,700 submissions by artisans, representing 16 countries. They work across a range of mediums including ceramics, woodwork, textiles, furniture, paper, basketry, glass, metal, jeweler lacquer, leather and bookbinding. The panel of experts selected the most outstanding works in terms of technical accomplishment, innovation and artistic vision. Unexpected colors and materials, trompe-l’oeil techniques and plays of light all sparked delightful surprise in the skillfully crafted works.
For the first time since the creation of the prize in 2016, works by the shortlisted artists will be exhibited in New York. They will be displayed in the studio of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi following the announcement of the winner of this year’s LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize on May 16.
Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Executive Secretary of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize Expert Panel, said: “For this sixth edition, with the vision of the prize now well-established, we felt it was a good time to open doors. We’re thus delighted to focus the spotlight more on the notion of craft with artistic ambition, welcoming both the aesthetics of non-Western canon and figurative craft approaches.”
A jury comprising 13 leading figures from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism, art criticism and museum curatorship will select the winner of the sixth edition of the prize, which celebrates excellence, artistic merit and innovation in modern craftsmanship. The winner will receive an award of 50,000 euros.